As Florence strengthened into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, schools moved to cancel classes and suspend athletic activities for the week.
The storm is expected to approach the North Carolina or South Carolina coast later this week as an "extremely dangerous major hurricane."
"Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff," said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. "From the moment Hurricane Florence first posed a threat to the North Carolina coast, System personnel have been coordinating with staff from each institution to prepare for the storm."
NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend. Should this game be rescheduled or a replacement home game be scheduled, tickets for the West Virginia game will be valid. If this game or a replacement home game is not viable, a refund will be offered to season ticketholders. Details will be communicated at a later date.
N.C. State will suspend normal operations beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, lasting through 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be no classes after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and no classes Thursday or Friday of this week.
Normal operations are expected to resume at 5 p.m. Sunday.
UNC will move to its adverse weather plan at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and is scheduled to resume normal operations at 5 p.m. Sunday. Classes will be canceled beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday to allow students to travel home if they are able.
All students are strongly encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits.
The UNC football game against No. 18 UCF scheduled for Saturday in Chapel Hill has been canceled. The schools are discussing the possibility of playing at a later date this season.
Tickets purchased through either school will be refunded as quickly as possible.
"I know they've been constantly meeting about the hurricane," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. "The main concern is for the safety of the fans and the safety of the people who work in the stadium and the safety of the players, so I know the university will do what's right. I don't doubt that, and I'll go along with whatever they decide."
Classes will be canceled after 5 p.m. Wednesday and severe weather policy went into effect at noon on Thursday.
"We are not advising students to leave campus," said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University VP for Public Affairs & Government Relations. "We're advising them to be safe. Remember that the vast majority of Duke students come from outside the state and around the world ... the university will take every precaution that we have to provide for their safety. We will still be providing meal service, food service, all of the services that are necessary for their safety."
Classes on campus will be canceled starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 14th.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
NCCU will operate under suspended operations beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12th through Sunday, Sept. 16th All classes on Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 14 are canceled.
NCCU's football game at South Carolina State has been postponed. The contest has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 in Orangeburg, S.C.
"In consideration of the impending Hurricane Florence and the health and safety considerations for the student-athletes and the fan bases of both institutions, the contest has been postponed. We will continue to keep the public informed of potential changes to other MEAC football games in Hurricane Florence's path," said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas.
Fayetteville State University has canceled classes beginning at noon Wednesday and there will be no classes on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
The University plans to resume normal operations Monday, though that depends on the storm's effects.
All athletic activities have been suspended.
"The health and safety of student-athletes, staff, and fans is our highest priority," said Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett. "Administration is taking the forecast serious by activating available precautions to prevent harm to all involved."
The football game against Benedict has been canceled. No make-up date is pending.
The scheduled volleyball match against Winston-Salem State University on Thursday, September 13th has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 11th.
All practices have been postponed until safe conditions have returned to campus.
ECU classes scheduled to start after noon Tuesday are canceled; no classes the remainder of week; faculty/staff see http://ecu.edu/alert for conditions.
On Tuesday, East Carolina said the football team is canceling the trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, for its scheduled game at No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
ECU hopes to reschedule the game.
Campbell officials said "a decision about classes will be made by 2 p.m. on Tuesday," The Associated Press reported.
Campbell's Sun Belt Conference game at Coastal Carolina on Saturday has been moved up to Wednesday afternoon and relocated to Campbell's campus in Buies Creek.
Elon will close the campus at 8 a.m. Thursday. All classes are canceled Thursday and Friday. All student activities and athletic events are suspended until further notice. For updates, click here.
UNCW has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students, effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Students must leave campus no later than noon. Students will not be allowed back in the residence halls and/or on campus after noon Tuesday.
Evacuations have been ordered for parts of North Carolina, including Hatteras Island.
WINSTON-SALEM STATE VS. ELIZABETH CITY STATE
All events for this game, the 21st Down East Football Viking Classic, scheduled for this weekend in Rocky Mount, have been canceled.
"Our priority is focusing our attention on the safety and welfare of the student-athletes, support groups and those that worked hard to bring forth this terrific event. We look forward to returning the Down East Viking Football Classic to Rocky Mount in 2019," said ECSU's Director of Athletics George L. Bright.
Rocky Mount officials said the game may be rescheduled for a later time in Elizabeth City. Purchased tickets can be returned where purchased for a refund.
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