Preparations for Hurricane Dorian

 September 3, 2019

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:  Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:  Preparations for Hurricane Dorian

Effects from Hurricane Dorian are expected to impact central North Carolina from late Wednesday into Friday morning. According to the National Weather Service, specific impacts remain uncertain at this time, however, heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds are more likely in areas along and east of Highway 1.

Along the coast of North Carolina, conditions are projected to be considerably worse as the storm is expected to be a category 2 hurricane as it approaches. As a result, Duke officials have decided to cancel classes at the Marine Lab in Beaufort, N.C., Wednesday through Friday and relocate undergraduate students to Durham on Wednesday morning.

While current projections indicate less than 3 inches of rain for central North Carolina, isolated flooding could be a factor in low-lying areas. Winds should be well below tropical storm force in central North Carolina, but outdoor furniture and other loose items should be secured or moved by late Wednesday as a precaution. For any power outages at Duke facilities or off campus locations, please call Duke Facilities Management customer service at 919-684-2122 or send an email to  Please include the physical address of the building.

Duke does not expect to active the severe weather and emergency conditions policy, but community members should review the guidelines for what to do during a hurricane on the DukeALERT website.

Updates will be posted on the Duke Today website as more information becomes available.