The Latest Update on Hurricane Florence

Saturday, September 15, 2018


Tropical Storm Florence has turned north and the weather in Orangeburg is not expected to intensify. According to recent weather reports from the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Warnings have been cancelled for our area. Therefore:

     • Residence Halls will open beginning Sunday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m.
     • The University will open for Staff and the Academic Affairs Leadership Team on Monday, September 17
     • Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Resuming classes on Tuesday will allow our students adequate time to travel back to campus given road conditions and road closures, that may impede travel.

The weather can be extremely unpredictable, therefore, err on the side of caution to ensure your health and safety.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at SC State University.


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Important Update


Given recent weather updates, Hurricane Florence is not expected to impact the Orangeburg area on Thursday evening as initially reported. Therefore, all residential halls will now close at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14. Breakfast will be served at the shelter during this time. Please continue to be mindful of information provided below.


Students who are unable to evacuate the campus are required to complete the SHM Hurricane Florence Shelter Registration Form prior to your arrival to the shelter. In addition, a QR Code is provided below for mobile phone users. Those students who remain will be required to take shelter at the on-campus emergency shelter, Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial (SHM) Center. Students may begin to take shelter at SHM beginning now at 9:00 am Friday, September 14.


The shelter will provide an alternative location that will have electrical power, air conditioning, hot water and access to restrooms, including showers. Students are asked to bring their own pillows, blankets, or sleeping bags, along with a three-day supply of clothes, any comfort food, personal care items, medication, important documents, mobile devices or electronic entertainment devices. Food services will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to the students at SHM.


University officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence; updates will be issued to the campus as necessary, including notification of when students can return to their residence halls and when classes will resume.


Further updates will be provided as available via:


  • University Website
  • University Email
  • University Social Media
  • e2Campus Notification
  • Local Media

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Emergency Preparedness Teleconference - Sunday, September 9 @ 6:00 PM


• 5:00AM Update Hurricane Florence, is a powerful Category 4 storm, forecasters are forecasting it to stall upon reaching the Carolina coast and make a slight shift south toward South Carolina once it makes landfall, becoming "a major flooding event for SC, NC and Virginia. We are looking now at possible long term power outages.


• 9:00AM Hurricane Florence readiness call with VPO, DO, HR, and Regional Safety


• 2:30PM SC Governor Press Conference this is now a statewide event


• ORANGEBURG, SC: Rain picks up Saturday afternoon and evening. The heaviest rain looks to be Sunday and Monday as the storm slowly pushes by to the south. Rainfall: 10-15". Rain could linger on Tuesday with another 0.50-1.25". Flooding will become a major risk. Winds: Friday: sustained winds at 15-25 mph, with gusts of 25-35 mph. Peak gusts: 35-40 mph. The winds should pick up Saturday and peak Saturday night and Sunday. Sustained winds at 20-35 mph, with gusts of 40-50 mph. Peak gusts: 50-60 mph. Wind gusts should drop off to 30-40 mph Monday. There is a risk that the timing slows down even more, which could delay all this by 12-24 hours perhaps


• COLUMBIA, SC: Rain picks up Saturday afternoon and evening. The heaviest rain looks to be Sunday and Monday as the storm slowly pushes by to the south. Rainfall: 8-12", with locally higher totals. Rain could linger on Tuesday with another 1-2". Flooding will become a major risk. Winds: Friday: sustained winds at 15-25 mph, with gusts of 25-35 mph. Peak gusts: 35-40 mph. The winds should pick up Saturday and peak Saturday night and Sunday. Sustained winds at 20-30 mph, with gusts of 35-45 mph. Peak gusts: 45-50 mph. Wind gusts should drop off to 25-35 mph Monday. There is a risk that the timing slows down even more, which could delay all this by 12-24 hours perhaps.


• 3:30PM meeting with SCSU Res Life, PD,
          • Time line for going to the shelter
                    A. 1:00PM 9/13/18
                    B. Claflin students will show up at 2:00PM with mattresses
          • 74 mattresses in place
          • Generator has been tested and fueled
          • Needed furniture in place
                    A. Need to deliver 2 additional TV’s
          • Presently looking to shelter 69 SCSU students, 31 Claflin students


          • Wednesday FM Activities
                   • Placement of sandbags
                   • Roof Inspections
                   • Strom drains inspected and cleared of debris
                   • Placement of small generators
                   • Storm recovery trailer is stocked


4:00PM EOC Call
          • Storm has been shifting south/southwest for the last 12 hours
                    • Wind affects of the storm will start tomorrow around noon
                    • Winds will increase overnight to 60mph gust
                    • Expect power outages
                   • Long-term power outages are likely due to extended wind timeframe and amount of rain in the area.


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Hurricane Florence Student Shelter Guide

• 5:00AM Update Hurricane Florence, is a powerful Category 4 storm, forecasters are forecasting it to stall upon reaching the Carolina coast and make a slight shift south toward South Carolina once it makes landfall, becoming "a major flooding event for SC, NC and Virginia. We are looking now at possible long term power outages.


• 9:00AM Hurricane Florence readiness call with VPO, DO, HR, and Regional


  • • 2:30PM SC Governor Press Conference this is now a statewide event

  • ORANGEBURG, SC: Rain picks up Saturday afternoon and evening. The heaviest rain looks to be Sunday and Monday as the storm slowly pushes by to the south. Rainfall: 10-15". Rain could linger on Tuesday with another 0.50-1.25". Flooding will become a major risk. Winds: Friday: sustained winds at 15-25 mph, with gusts of 25-35 mph. Peak gusts: 35-40 mph. The winds should pick up Saturday and peak Saturday night and Sunday. Sustained winds at 20-35 mph, with gusts of 40-50 mph. Peak gusts: 50-60 mph. Wind gusts should drop off to 30-40 mph Monday. There is a risk that the timing slows down even more, which could delay all this by 12-24 hours perhaps

  • COLUMBIA, SC: Rain picks up Saturday afternoon and evening. The heaviest rain looks to be Sunday and Monday as the storm slowly pushes by to the south. Rainfall: 8-12", with locally higher totals. Rain could linger on Tuesday with another 1-2". Flooding will become a major risk. Winds: Friday: sustained winds at 15-25 mph, with gusts of 25-35 mph. Peak gusts: 35-40 mph. The winds should pick up Saturday and peak Saturday night and Sunday. Sustained winds at 20-30 mph, with gusts of 35-45 mph. Peak gusts: 45-50 mph. Wind gusts should drop off to 25-35 mph Monday. There is a risk that the timing slows down even more, which could delay all this by 12-24 hours perhaps.

  • 3:30PM meeting with SCSU Res Life, PD,
    • Time line for going to the shelter
      • 1:00PM 9/13/18
      • Claflin students will show up at 2:00PM with mattresses
    • 74 mattresses in place
    • Generator has been tested and fueled
    • Needed furniture in place
      • Need to deliver 2 additional TV’s
    • Presently looking to shelter 69 SCSU students, 31 Claflin students
  • Wednesday FM Activities
  • Roof Inspections
  • Placement of small generators
  • Storm has been shifting south/southwest for the last 12 hours
  • Winds will increase overnight to 60mph gust
  • Long-term power outages are likely due to extended wind timeframe and amount of rain in the area.
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    Hurricane Florence Student Shelter Guide


    To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, South Carolina State University closed the campus on Monday, September 10 at 5 p.m. The University will remain closed for the remainder of the week.


    All residential halls will close at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13. It is imperative that students report to the shelter at that time, as it will be unsafe to venture outdoors during high winds storm surges.


    Students who are unable to evacuate the campus are required to complete the SHM Hurricane Florence Shelter Registration Form prior to your arrival to the shelter. In addition, a QR Code is provided below for mobile phone users. Those students who remain will be required to take shelter at the on-campus emergency shelter, Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial (SHM) Center. Students may begin to take shelter at SHM beginning 1:00 pm Thursday, September 13.


    The shelter will provide an alternative location that will have electrical power, air conditioning, hot water and access to restrooms, including showers. Students are asked to bring their own pillows, blankets, or sleeping bags, along with a three-day supply of clothes, any comfort food, personal care items, medication, important documents, mobile devices or electronic entertainment devices. Food services will be providing breakfast, lunch and dinner to the students at SHM.


    University officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Florence; updates will be issued to the campus as necessary, including notification of when students can return to their residence halls and when classes will resume.


    Further updates will be provided as available via:


    • University Website
    • University Email
    • University Social Media
    • e2Campus Notification
    • Local Media

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    University to Close Due to Hurricane Florence


    ORANGEBURG, S.C. – In anticipation of Hurricane Florence, the SC Governor’s Office has announced a MANDATORY closing of South Carolina State agencies in 26 counties including Orangeburg on September 11 and lane reversals of key roads, effective tomorrow, September 11, at noon.


    To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, South Carolina State University will close today, Monday, September 10 at 5 p.m. The University will remain closed until further notice. Information on reopening will be shared via campus communications platforms listed below.


    Students are encouraged to leave the campus; however, for those students who are unable to leave campus, shelter will be provided. During the height of the storm, students will NOT be allowed to remain in the residence halls, for safety reasons. During this time, MANDATORY sheltering will be provided in Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center (SHM).


    Further updates will be provided as available via:

    • University Website
    • University Email
    • University Social Media
    • e2Campus Notification
    • Local Media

    Please continue to monitor the communications platforms for information on reopening. As always, in case of an emergency, please call Campus Police at (803) 536-7188 or emergency response at 911.