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UNC, NC State cancel classes in preparation for Hurricane Florence

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have cancelled classes in preparation for the incoming hurricane. 

NC State announced around 4:30 p.m. Monday that it would cancel classes beginning at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday and going through the end of the week. The residence halls and dining halls are expected to remain open. 

UNC announced Monday night in an Alert Carolina email that classes would be cancelled beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday and extending through Friday in order to allow students to travel home if they are able to.

"All students are strongly encouraged to leave the Chapel Hill area before the storm hits," the email stated. "Anyone who is traveling out of the path of the storm should do so no later than Wednesday evening."

The residence halls at UNC will remain open, but the email said that information about dining and other campus services would be announced in the near future.

Duke's policies call for the hospital and university to remain open during severe weather, but allow for clinic appointments and classes to be cancelled. Duke called off classes under its severe weather policy for a large snowstorm in January. 

Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president of administration, told The Chronicle that any decision regarding classes would be up to Provost Sally Kornbluth, in coordination with the Emergency Management System. 

As of Monday night, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall later this week. 

Duke has not yet announced undergraduate class cancellations.

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Bre Bradham

Bre is a senior political science major from South Carolina, and she is the current video editor, special projects editor and recruitment chair for The Chronicle. She is also an associate photography editor and an investigations editor. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief and local and national news department head. 

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Ben Leonard

Managing Editor 2018-19, 2019-2020 Features & Investigations Editor 

A member of the class of 2020 hailing from San Mateo, Calif., Ben is The Chronicle's Towerview Editor and Investigations Editor. Outside of the Chronicle, he is a public policy major working towards a journalism certificate, has interned at the Tampa Bay Times and NBC News and frequents Pitchforks. 


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