Duke officials continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence, now a category 4 storm that is expected to make landfall on Thursday between northern South Carolina and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
In a message to the Duke community on Tuesday, Duke University President Vincent E. Price said that Duke’s first priority is the safety and security of students, staff, faculty, patients, and visitors, and that the institution’s emergency management team is working closely with local and state officials to monitor the path of the hurricane.
“We have mobilized our resources for a quick response as soon as conditions permit,” Price said. “Duke Hospitals and clinics in particular are prepared to serve the health care needs of the region.”
Forecasters currently predict that the Triangle area will begin seeing impacts from Hurricane Florence on Thursday afternoon/evening. The amount of rain expected ranges from 7 to 12 inches with winds gusts of 40-45 mph.
Crews across the university and health system are preparing for the storm to ensure safety and essential operations – from stockpiling fuel and planning logistics for patients and health care providers to developing a response for downed trees and potential flooding.
The following campus updates are reported at this time:
- Duke’s Private Diagnostic clinics will close at noon on Thursday and will remain closed on Friday.
- Dining intends on running full operations at the Marketplace on East Campus and eateries on West Campus, unless certain buildings are closed due to impacts from the storm.
- Duke’s transit system will run on regular schedules on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Duke plans to only run the C1 and CCX routes, weather permitting. The downtown Durham shuttle will not run on Friday. For real-time Duke transit system updates, please check TransLoc before heading out.
- Athletics home games scheduled Friday thorough Sunday are postponed or canceled. Duke will attempt to reschedule all postponed events with updated information available on GoDuke.com and specific sport social media accounts. Canceled activities will not be rescheduled.
- Wilson & Brodie Recreation Centers will remain open Thursday until 8 p.m. Both facilities will be closed Friday. Please see here for detailed gym facility schedules.
- Duke University Chapel has canceled the Thursday evening Vespers service. At this time, the Sunday morning worship service will proceed.