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UNC-Wilmington Classes Cancelled for Thursday afternoon

Due to the projected path of Michael and the resulting tropical storm conditions, UNCW will cancel classes as of 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and university offices will close at 1 p.m., when the campus begins operating under Condition 2 (Suspended Operations) of the Adverse Weather Policy. We anticipate resuming classes and reopening campus per usual as of Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 a.m., but a message will be sent to confirm this by 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. Information about this closure’s impact on the academic calendar, if any, will be sent in the coming days.

Resident students will be expected to shelter in place as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. This means resident students should remain inside residence hall buildings. Resident students will receive additional related information later today.

As always, students who do not feel comfortable traveling to or from classes prior to closure should use their best judgment and contact their instructors with any concerns. Faculty and staff should consult the Adverse Weather Policy (Condition 2) to determine their best personal course of action.

The Fisher Student Center, Fisher Student Union, Warwick Center, Student Recreation Center, Randall Library and other campus services, with the exception of Campus Dining and WAVE transit, will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and are expected to resume normal operations at 8 a.m. on Friday. Please visit the Campus Dining webpage for updates on service changes. Please visit this page for updates on WAVE transit.

The UNCW homepage and UNCW Facebook site will remain the primary sources of emergency-related information, along with campus email. Please monitor each of these sources closely. See below for specific conditions/hazards to keep in mind as we prepare for the arrival of this weather event. Be safe, Seahawks.

PRECAUTIONS/CONDITIONS

The storm’s projected path indicates heavy rains and strong wind gusts will affect Wilmington and surrounding areas. Hazardous roads and potential flood conditions are possible, beginning late Thursday afternoon and continuing overnight.

Consider your safety and the safety of others: remain indoors as much as possible during the storm. Area beaches are already affected by dangerous rip currents. Stay out of the water as directed by signage and safety personnel. Potential hazards during tropical weather include downed tree limbs and debris; temporary loss of power; standing water; and slick surfaces, particularly on steps and walkways. Roadways may be temporarily flooded. Do not attempt to drive through standing water. Do not enter standing water on foot; there may be significant risks of infection or electrocution.

Tornadoes are always a possibility during tropical weather. In the event of a tornado warning for the UNCW main campus area, the Seahawk Warning Siren System will sound and a text alert will be sent to students’ cell phones. Take shelter indoors immediately. Close all windows and doors, if possible, and remain sheltered until an “all clear” is given. Please visit this page for more information on weather preparedness.

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