Tropical Storm Hermine affecting ECU schedule after 5 p.m. Friday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Classes beginning at 5 p.m. or later are canceled for Friday, Sept. 2 at East Carolina University.

Campus administrators continue to monitor the track of Hermine, which is expected to pass over eastern North Carolina and the coast over the next 24 hours.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected between 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 until 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Predictions call for 5-8 inches of rainfall, flooding in low-lying areas, and gusty winds (up to 35 mph sustained, 50 mph wind gusts) across portions of eastern North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued an outlook that a reasonable threat for evening and overnight tornadoes exists. Listen for tornado watches and warnings.

Detailed information about student services, including ECU Transit and campus dining, will be available at www.ecu.edu/studentaffairs/ .

Students should note: ECU Transit will end all routes at 9 p.m. Friday and resume a normal schedule on Saturday; Pirate Express will not operate Friday.

The Pediatric Outpatient Center will not operate Friday night.

Latest forecasts indicate the system will be out of the area by football game time Saturday; game day operations remain on schedule.

Anyone traveling over the holiday weekend should pay close attention to the weather. Be careful of hydroplaning while traveling on wet roads, and remember: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! Do not drive through moving or standing water. Standing water on roadways is harder to see at night; drive with caution.

Do not swim in floodwaters; you can drown due to swift moving water. Also, floodwaters typically contain raw sewage and hazardous chemicals.

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