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Weather Alert - Hurricane Florence

Weather Alert - Hurricane Florence

by Norma Kennedy | September 11, 2018
Last Edited: September 17, 2018 by Victor Poole
Weather Alert - Hurricane Florence

Friday, September 14, 8:00 AM

The center of the eye of Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, this morning at 7:45 am.

Based on current weather reports, there is no immediate storm threat for any of EGSC’s campus locations. With the forecast largely unknown, however, EGSC Administrators will continue to meet to monitor the weather. Any changes that affect our areas will be shared on this page.

Please keep our neighbors in North Carolina and South Carolina in your thoughts. They are going to need our help once the storm moves on, so let’s work together to lend our support.



Florence is moving toward the west-northwest near 6 mph.  A turn toward the west at a slow forward speed is expected today, followed by a slow west southwestward motion tonight and Saturday.

The center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday, and then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week.

Thursday, September 13, 8:10 AM

Although not a direct threat, it is anticipated that Hurricane Florence will bring heavy rain and wind to our region. Therefore, EGSC Administrators are continuing to monitor the hurricane and weather. We will be reporting regular updates here each morning, and as often as needed.  If an emergency should occur, you will be notified immediately via the Connect Ed system, and it will be posted here, so please stay connected. A list of resources is located at the bottom of this page.

Summary of 5:00 AM EDT Information from NOAA: 



The Tropical Storm Watch from north of the North Carolina/Virginia border to Cape Charles Light Virginia and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, VA, has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.


At 500 AM EDT, the center of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 32.8 North, longitude 74.7 West. Florence is moving toward the northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion, accompanied by a gradual decrease in forward speed, is expected to continue through today. 

A turn to the west-northwest and west at an even slower forward speed is expected tonight and Friday, and a slow west-southwestward motion is forecast Friday night and Saturday. 

On the forecast track, the center of Florence will approach the coasts of North and South Carolina later today, then move near or over the coast of southern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina in the hurricane warning area tonight and Friday.

A slow motion over eastern South Carolina is forecast Friday night through Saturday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is expected before the center reaches the coast, with weakening expected after the center moves inland. 

Florence is a large hurricane.  Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km). A NOAA buoy located about 80 miles (130 km) south of the center of Florence has recently reported sustained winds of 52 mph (83 km/h) with a gust to 64 mph (104 km/h).

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor your local National Weather Service forecast.

Click here for the complete Advisory


Wednesday, September 12, 2:45 PM

East Georgia State College administrators are meeting regularly to monitor Hurricane Florence and the weather conditions around Statesboro, Augusta and Swainsboro. Important communication regarding the storm will be posted on this site regularly.

There is still significant uncertainty regarding the storm’s track, but the most recent report shows the potential for a tropical depression or tropical storm to impact our region. As a result, EGSC is preparing for possible strong winds and heavy rainfall, which may arrive on Saturday or Sunday.

With the forecast largely unknown, campus events will continue for now as planned. No watches or warnings are in effect for the state of Georgia. However, we strongly encourage everyone to monitor the resources below, follow the advice of local emergency management agencies, and make preparations as you see necessary.

The next weather update will be posted on 9/13/18 at 8:00 a.m. If weather conditions worsen, the EGSC community will be notified by ConnectEd, EGSC’s emergency notification system, prior to the regularly scheduled update.

Tuesday, September 11, 10:45 AM

REMINDER: Please make sure you are signed up for ConnectEd so you will receive emergency notification alerts! Link to Connect Ed Instructions.

This morning, the National Weather Service issued the following for Statesboro and surrounding counties:

Extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence is approaching the Southeast coast as a major category 4 hurricane. While the exact track of Florence remains uncertain, within the Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch area between Edisto Beach and the South Santee River, including Berkeley County, there exists the possibility of life-threatening storm surge inundation,damaging winds and excessive rainfall. Life-threatening conditions will also continue in the surf zone on area beaches. The worst conditions are expected Thursday into Friday.

The full alert can be read here:

We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Monday, September 10

The Governor of South Carolina issued a mandatory evacuation for all coastal zones in the state beginning Sept. 11.

Although there is currently no mandatory evacuation order that would affect the EGSC campuses, we understand that this order in South Carolina may impact some of our students, faculty and staff. EGSC will work with professors to make appropriate accommodations for students living in the affected areas. Faculty and staff should work with their supervisors to make arrangements as needed.

EGSC administrators will be monitoring Hurricane Florence and the weather conditions in areas where our campuses are located. We encourage everyone to use the resources below and make preparations as necessary.

We will update the EGSC community when additional information is available.

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