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Hurricane Information

Each fall semester occurs during hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1st through November 30th. Northeastern South Carolina typically experiences the peak of hurricane season from late August through October, although impacts have occurred outside these times. In recent years, we have had considerable experience with hurricane preparation and response. Collectively, we are ready as a University. However, each individual also has a personal responsibility to plan, prepare, and act whenever a tropical system threatens.

The purpose of this page is to provide links to resources to help you plan and prepare for a possible hurricane. Note that I do not currently update this page in real time for individual storms. Please check the CCU Advisory page for campus updates if a storm is threatening.

Have a Plan

If you are taking classes on campus at CCU, live in the local area, or live in another coastal area, then you need to have a plan for continuing the semester if a hurricane threatens. Per the CCU Academic Continuity Plan, classes will continue online even if it becomes necessary to close and evacuate the campus. A hurricane does not mean a vacation! Instead, it is a time for preparation, evacuation (if necessary), and then continuation of your coursework.

For those students living on campus or in a designated evacuation zone, it is important to remember to take the following items with you when evacuating:

As a general rule, you should also take your computer and course materials with you whenever you leave campus or leave the local area. Hurricanes or other contingencies could occur while you’re away, or something else could happen on your trip and delay your return.

If you live in a coastal area but are outside a designated evacuation zone, you should review local hurricane preparation materials and have a plan for securing your residence and riding out the storm. In particular, be sure that you are able to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days.

Planning Resources

The following resources are for the State of South Carolina. If you’re a remote student living in the coastal area of another state or country, please refer to the information and planning documents provided by your local jurisdiction.

Forecasts

During hurricane season, you should check the weather forecast daily and stay abreast of any potential tropical developments.

Evacuations

All evacuation orders are issued by the Governor and will be communicated via local television, radio stations, and Internet sources. Since CCU is a state agency, the University generally does not cancel classes or close residence halls until after the Governor has made an evacuation decision. Communications regarding changes to campus operations will normally occur after the Governor makes a public announcement.

Local Media

General information about any damage and effects from the storm may be found by reading news articles and watching video reports from local media. If you’re out of town while a storm hits, please remember that the media go out and search for the worst damage they can find, as that makes for the most sensational news reports. Your dorm room, apartment, or house might not have suffered the same damage, or any damage at all.

My Hurricane Plan

I live in Horry County Coastal Evacuation Zone C and will leave whenever my zone is evacuated. I may also leave for some weaker hurricanes depending on operational and research needs. My intent is to remain reachable via email and to hold office hours and any synchronous courses virtually in Microsoft Teams. Depending on the storm impacts, I may be limited by generator power and backup Internet access. In this event, I will communicate to classes and advisees as soon as I can get email working again.

Recent Hurricanes that Affected CCU