INFORMATIONAL MESSAGE FROM ALERT CAROLINA: UNC Continuing to Monitor Hurricane Matthew for Locally Dangerous Conditions


Despite Changing Storm Track, UNC Continuing to Monitor Hurricane Matthew for Locally Dangerous Conditions

As of Thursday afternoon (Oct. 6), forecasts project Hurricane Matthew will impact the Florida and Georgia coastlines as a formidable storm with winds of over 140 mph. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all in the path of this significant storm system.

While Matthew is expected to weaken and head eastward (out-to-sea) as it approaches the Carolinas, forecasters have not ruled out the possibility of significant impact for the North Carolina coast, including heavy rain and blustery conditions in the Triangle area.

The University continues to track reports from emergency management agencies about this powerful and dangerous storm. We will take precautions as necessary to keep the campus community safe. Storms such as Matthew are unpredictable, however, and the ongoing potential for threatening weather locally should be taken seriously. Should weather conditions deteriorate, please use common sense and avoid areas prone to flooding; watch for falling limbs or trees (saturated soil may make it easier for trees to fall even with modest wind gusts). Monitor local media and pay attention to changing conditions that could affect your safety.

The University is currently operating on a normal schedule. The University will issue announcements on,, and through other communications including social media and text messages, if the situation warrants.

There has been no change in the schedule of the home football game in Kenan Stadium versus Virginia Tech. Updates or changes due to Hurricane Matthew will be posted on the UNC Athletics website at You can also monitor preparations in the Town of Chapel Hill at