Wake Forest University continues to monitor the track of Tropical Depression Florence and its impact to the campus community. Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression last night as wind speeds continue to decrease. Still, we urge everyone to consider their safety and monitor local and regional weather forecasts and road condition reports as Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow.

The National Weather Service continues to forecast a total of 6-10 inches of rain in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area. Winds of 15-20 mph with gusts up to 30-35 mph are possible this afternoon and are expected to diminish to less than 15 mph this evening. Local emergency managers are prepared for rain, potential flooding and possible power outages as the storm moves slowly through the Carolinas.

With the majority of students staying in town through the weekend, Wake Forest plans to resume classes and normal operations tomorrow as scheduled. Students who left the area may experience delays returning to campus because of travel conditions. Please monitor highway conditions and travel advisories. While all local airports are open and fully operational, it is best to check with the airlines for up-to-date flight information.

The safety of our students is our primary focus and each individual must make good decisions to ensure they can rejoin the campus at the earliest, safest time possible. Faculty are aware that some students may experience delays in returning to campus. It is important that students unable to make it back to campus communicate with their faculty today.

Unless weather conditions change significantly, we do not anticipate an additional update to the campus community. If weather conditions necessitate, all Hurricane Florence-related updates will be posted on the Wake Alert website (wakealert.wfu.edu). Please continue to monitor the Wake Alert website, follow @WakeAlert on Twitter and Facebook (facebook.com/WakeAlert), and add the Wake Forest Weather/Emergency line (336-758-5935) to phone contacts.

We know some within our campus community have been or have loved ones directly impacted by this storm. The University is prepared to provide support in a number of ways. Resident advisers and graduate hall directors are available to assist students who need to speak with someone here. The University Counseling Center’s 24/7 telephone crisis support is always available to students who need urgent mental health resources at 336-758-5273. Additionally, the Employee Assistance Program offers support resources for faculty and staff.

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