WEATHER ALERT: Prepare for Tropical Weather Conditions in UNCW Area

Sunday, August 02, 2020

2:50 p.m. -- According to the National Weather Service, gusty winds, heavy rains, rough seas and an increased risk of rip currents are expected to affect the UNCW area Aug. 3-4 as Isaias moves along the East Coast. Current forecasts indicate the storm is expected to exit southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday.

Complete storm preparations today (Aug. 2) and tomorrow by 2 p.m. Prepare for power outages and remember to bring inside or secure outdoor items. Summer students who are currently living on campus should continue to monitor your campus email inbox for specific storm guidance from Housing & Residence Life. Please be prepared to shelter in place in your residence hall room during the storm. Housing will share more details about sheltering in place with you on Monday, Aug. 3. 

Reminders: Housing, Orientation, Classes

  • Students scheduled to drop off at any time on Monday should plan to arrive on campus between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residence halls will close to Drop-Off by 2 p.m. 
  • The orientation welcome event on Monday will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. 
  • Students who have signed up for a Drop-Off slot on Monday may choose to reschedule for another time since driving conditions may be affected by wind and rain. Please reschedule via Signup Genius as found on our Move-In websiteStudents scheduled for a Drop-Off time on Tuesday, Aug. 4 will need to reschedule for another time.
  • Drop-Off and Orientation Events are subject to change pending the anticipated arrival time and duration of the storm. We are monitoring conditions closely; please continue to check your UNCW email for updates.
  • Classes that follow the traditional fall semester calendar are not in session now. Those courses are scheduled to begin Aug. 19.  
  • At this time, UNCW OAP Summer 2 2020 session will continue as scheduled. Enrolled students who experience connection issues or have trouble continuing in classes due to a disruption caused by storm conditions should email your instructor(s) immediately. Faculty are willing to work with you if they are aware of your needs and challenges. Please also copy your academic advisor on your e-mail communication.

  • As previously stated, employees working remotely who were scheduled to return to campus on Monday, Aug. 3 should continue to work remotely unless otherwise instructed by your supervisors. 
  • Employees who have been working on campus should not report to campus on Monday unless instructed to do so by your supervisors. 
  • Condition 1 of the Adverse Weather Policy will be in effect on Monday, Aug. 3, beginning at 7 a.m. If there is a change in condition, employees will be notified right away, via email, the UNCW homepage, and social media feeds. 
Most campus events were previously canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Some virtual events may continue to take place. Please visit specific event websites for more information.

Monitor Campus Inboxes, UNCW Communication Channels
UNCW will continue to monitor tropical weather conditions in collaboration with the National Weather Service and local and state agencies. The university will share significant developments, such as an update on the status of campus operations, via campus email, on the UNCW homepage, and social media feeds (Facebook and Twitter). UNCW’s channels are updated as simultaneously as possible, but please continue to pay close attention to your campus inbox (subject lines with “Weather” or “Alert” merit special attention) and Facebook as they are the sources of information that will likely be updated first in the case of developments. 

We appreciate your continued attention to these weather updates.

National Hurricane Center