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Hurricane Florence Update

Sunday Morning September 16 at 11:00 AM

Lenoir-Rhyne University Tropical Storm Update

Storm Information:
Many areas around North and South Carolina are under flash flood warnings and continue to experience heavy rain and higher winds than normal. There are areas around our Hickory campus that are without power and the effects of the storm are just now reaching the western half of North Carolina as the storm slowly moves across South Carolina.

Many college and universities have canceled classes on Monday in an effort to keep students from traveling back to campus today. Parts of I-95 and I-40 have closed due to flooding.

The good news is it appears the jet stream is predicted to have significant movement Monday and finally push the storm out of the Carolinas. However, we all need to be aware of the danger of fallen trees and rising water in low lying areas and near rivers, streams and creeks.

Lenoir-Rhyne University and Classes:
In an effort to prioritize the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff and students, Lenoir-Rhyne University has made the decision to suspend all classes and academic activities on Monday, Sept. 17. This decision should allow time for students, faculty and staff to return safely to our various campuses and be prepared for full activities and classes to resume Tuesday morning, Sept. 18.

This decision is in effect at each of our campus locations in Hickory, Asheville and Columbia

Return to Normal Schedule:
We plan to return to regular operations on Tuesday, Sept. 18. This will be dependent on the weather and its impact on our campuses. Please know we will communicate further updates via email, as well as though, University social media, and Rave Alert, our emergency notification system.

Residential students in Columbia and Hickory should make plans to return to campus on Monday. Please know residence halls continue to remain open in Columbia and Hickory, and dining service in the Cromer Center on the Hickory campus will continue on the normal schedule. Resident Directors (RDs) and staff will remain on campus to assist students.

Due to the increase in rain and wind and the possibility of a sudden loss of power and downed trees, we request that on campus residential students be in the resident halls no later than 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Faculty and Staff:
Only essential staff should report to work Monday. This includes dining services, safety and security, maintenance, technology staff, and selected student service personnel. All others should remain off campus until Tuesday.

Coaches whose teams are in season will be communicating with student athletes regarding plans for various team practices, etc. If you have any questions, please contact your coaches.

Loss of Power, Flooding and Wind:
Students on campus in Hickory or Columbia should continue to be prepared for potential effects from the storm for the next few days. This may include loss of power, some local flooding from heavy rain, and higher than normal sustainable wind. Please make plans now to be prepared. It is important to be aware of downed trees and power lines and flooded areas. Preparations may include relocating vehicles to lots that are not surrounded by trees, charging cell phones and stocking batteries. We will provide food, water, and assistance throughout the weekend for those remaining on campus in Hickory.

Resident Directors and staff will be available to assist students and the dining hall will prepare and provide food for our students on the Hickory campus.

Rave Alert Directions
Our emergency notification system is Rave Alert. In order to verify and update your information, please log into the system at using your existing LR username and password and this should take you to your user page. Your LR email should already be in the system. You can add any phone numbers and email addresses to which you would like to receive emergency messages. Once you have entered your phone numbers you can click on the TEST tab to verify that the system is working for your numbers.

This is our primary means to send emergency messages, so we recommend that you update and verify your information as soon as possible. You can also log-in as often as you need to, to update or verify your information. If the system does not allow you to log-in, please contact Sylvia Culp at the Information desk, 328-7330, or