WEATHER ALERT: Tropical Weather from Claudette to Affect UNCW Campus Tonight, Monday Morning

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Based on forecasts from the National Weather Service, tropical weather conditions are expected to affect the UNCW area overnight (Sunday, June 20) and into the early morning hours tomorrow (June 21). According to current forecasts, Claudette will move past southeastern North Carolina early Monday.

At this time, circumstances do not warrant a change to UNCW’s operational schedule. As such, the university does not anticipate a change in condition status for employees under the Adverse Weather Policy.

If conditions change, the university will send updates to faculty, staff and students. Please continue to monitor your campus email, the UNCW homepage, and UNCW social media feeds (Facebook and Twitter). 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. Monitor the National Weather Service and local media outlets for current information about storm conditions. 

Classes, Campus Dining, MarineQuest
The storm will not affect summer session courses. UNCW’s traditional schedule summer session I ended June 17; summer session II is scheduled to begin June 28. Online accelerated program (OAP) courses will continue as scheduled. Students living on campus should check Campus Dining for hours of operation Sunday evening. 

At this time, MarineQuest camps beginning Monday will remain on schedule. If conditions warrant a change, the information will be shared on the MarineQuest website.

Increased Risk of Rip Currents, Tornadoes

National Weather Service forecasts indicate an increased risk of rip currents along the beaches near UNCW’s main campus. Avoid entering the ocean in affected areas until the threat has passed. Please visit the NWS rip current risk site for more information. 

An elevated risk of tornadoes is expected to affect the UNCW area overnight. In the event of a tornado warning, the university will activate the UNCWAlert emergency notification system, which includes voice and text messages. During a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately. Move to an interior hallway or a room on the lowest floor of the building, avoid windows and take shelter beneath a desk or heavy furniture. Wait for an all-clear message from UNCW. Updates will be shared when available. All students and employees should keep cell phones charged and powered on for the duration of the storm. 

Thank you for the continued attention to your safety and that of your fellow Seahawks.


National Hurricane Center