Adverse Weather: Updates to campus services during Hurricane Florence

The forecast for Hurricane Florence continues to show severe impacts for the Chapel Hill and the surrounding area, including the potential for flash flooding and wind damage.

All students are strongly encouraged to leave Chapel Hill before the storm hits.

For students with no relocation options, emergency response officials will be on campus and ready to assist if there is a threat to safety. Student Affairs will be in touch directly with students who remain in the residence halls with more specific instructions and information.

The University will be in Condition 2 beginning 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. That means all non-mandatory operations are suspended and non-essential employees should not report to work. All student workers are considered non-essential and should be encouraged to leave the area.

Before leaving campus, employees should unplug electronics and throw away any perishable food. Please safety store or take any valuable items with you.

Resource updates for students, faculty and staff


Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Chase Dining Hall and Top of Lenoir will be open until 7 p.m.
  • All other dining facilities will close at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Chase Dining Hall and Top of Lenoir will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Chase Dining Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Students who are staying in the residence halls during the storm should indicate that by responding to the housing email sent earlier today.
  • Limited housing staff will remain in the residence halls with students.
  • Students who are leaving their residence hall for the storm should unplug all electronics and throw away any perishable food items in the event of a power surge or outage.
  • Students who live on the first floor of a residence hall are encouraged to remove items from the floor in case of flooding.

Emergency Shelters

Orange County is opening two emergency shelters for any displaced residents. That information can be found here.

UNC Police

UNC Police will remain on campus and are prepared to respond to emergency calls. Please only call 911 for emergencies. The non-emergency line for police is 919-962-8100. If the wind speeds present an unsafe situation, emergency services will be suspended until conditions improve.

Safety Check In and Tips

You are encouraged to use the American Red Cross Safe and Well List website so you can make plans about communicating during adverse weather. This site will help you know how to get a “safe and well” message in an emergency. Please register in advance of the storm at website.

Visit or to review basic information about how to prepare for a hurricane.


  • Wednesday Sept. 12: Parking regulations will be in effect until 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14: Parking regulations will be suspended.
  • The S11 lots along Skipper Bowles Drive will be available to commuters impacted by disrupted transit operations.
  • The Dogwood Deck is expressly reserved for hospital patients and visitors ONLY.


Point-to-Point (P2P)

  • All P2P Operations will be suspended on Thursday, Sept. 13 and remain closed until conditions improve.

PASS Cart Services

  • PASS Cart operations will be suspended on Thursday, Sept. 13 remain closed until conditions improve.

Park & Ride

Athletic Events

All UNC athletic events through Sunday have been cancelled. Visit for the latest information.