Update on Hurricane Dorian Preparations

 September 5, 2019

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

Duke officials continue to monitor the latest projections for Hurricane Dorian. The greatest impact from the storm for central North Carolina is expected between 2 p.m. today and 6 a.m. Friday.

Total rainfall is expected to be between 1 to 1.5 inches in Durham and 1.5 to 3 inches in Wake County. Max wind gusts are expected to be 38 mph in Durham and 41 in Raleigh. The greatest impacts for central North Carolina are expected to be east of I-95.

Currently, there are no tornado watches in effect for Durham or Wake counties. Wake County remains under a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch.

Locally heavy rainfall may produce flooding in urban and low-lying spots and in areas of poor drainage. Gusty winds could blow around light outdoor objects and knock down tree branches, producing isolated power outages. Outdoor furniture and other loose items should be secured or moved indoors as a precaution.

Duke crews have cleared drains and have tree removal teams standing by, if needed. Members of the Duke community are encouraged to use caution while traveling on and around campus during heavy rain or winds and report any potential safety-related issues, such as downed trees or power lines, immediately to Duke Police at 919-684-2444.

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 activate 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.