Concord University takes precautions in wake of Hurricane Florence’s Arrival


ATHENS, WV (WOAY)- Concord University officials have made the decision to close the University on Thursday, September 13th and Friday, September 14th due to Hurricane Florence, to allow students and employees time to travel safely home ahead of the impending storm.

“Most weather prediction models are calling for high winds, heavy rains prior to, during and following the storm, which may cause flooding, possible power outages, and other travel-related difficulties. The University wanted to err on the side of safety,” according to Alicia Besenyei, Vice President for Advancement.

Events scheduled on campus for either of those days will either be rescheduled or cancelled.

Concord students who would be traveling in the direction of the storm, or in areas prone to flooding have the option of leaving campus Wednesday after completing their class schedule, or remaining on campus in their residence hall for the duration of the storm. Students who choose to remain will continue to have meals served in the dining hall and generators are ready in case loss of power occurs.


Concord will also have designated staff readily available to assist during any emergency situation that might occur as a result of the storm.

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