Georgia's colleges are preparing their campuses for wet, stormy weather ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
A Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph is projected to make landfall in the Carolinas by midweek and move along the East Coast. Forecasts predict a major impact for the northern Bahamas, which is right on the path of a massive storm. Channel 2 Action News reported that the hurricane is the strongest in today's record, striking the northwestern Bahamas, and says catastrophic conditions are expected there.
Storm is projected to hit Georgia's coast as a Category 2 hurricane, Channel 2 reports means flood, heavy tide, heavy rain and beach erosion in the coastal state.
In a statement, the College of Coastal Georgia announced that it would cancel classes and suspend non-essential operations in Brunswick and Camden on Tuesday. Housing will remain open and food services and campus police will continue to function, the college said.
"The college's top priority is the safety of its campus community, and we continue to communicate with local and state agencies while closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian," the college says.
A statement from Savannah State University says the school will close student housing on Monday at 6:00 PM. and will cancel campus classes Tuesday "from an abundance of caution."
"The path of Hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, but the coastal area of Savannah is expected to experience tropical and stormy high winds and heavy rainfall that could lead to campus floods and power outages, "the statement said.
Students were directed to make immediate plans to leave campus or contact the residence hall director for assistance.
The College of Art and Design in Savannah immediately shut down the campus due to the magnitude of the storm and delayed its orientation and movement until at least September 9. The fall district classes will not begin until at least September 11, the college said.
For more information on Hurricane Dorian or local weather forecasts, read here or here.
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