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Duke cancels classes as area braces for Hurricane Florence

Duke announced that classes would be cancelled from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday until Saturday, following similar announcements from other colleges in the Triangle area.

In addition, all athletic events on campus from Thursday to Sunday will be cancelled or postponed, the University stated Tuesday morning. Duke will activate the severe weather and emergency condition policy beginning Thursday at noon.

Students were notified about the change in a DukeAlert that was sent out around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Workers have begun taking precautionary safety measures as the area braces for the storm, securing outdoor equipment and storm drains. Medical personnel and police will still be on-call throughout the storm, the alert said, as will facilities crews.

Early Monday afternoon, the Marine Lab announced its decision to cancel classes after noon on Tuesday and close to personnel Wednesday at noon. Students from the Marine Lab will be sent to Duke's main campus for housing, according to the announcement.

North Carolina State announced Monday afternoon that classes would be suspended from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Sunday. Later Monday evening, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled classes from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in preparation for the impending hurricane. 

This is the second time Duke has issued class cancellations this calendar year. Due to a January snow storm, students received some time off Wednesday and Thursday before returning to class 10 a.m. Friday.

Follow The Chronicle's latest coverage of Hurricane Florence here.


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