Hurricane Irma

In this GOES-16 geocolor image satellite image taken Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, the eye of Hurricane Irma, left, is just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean. Irma, a fearsome Category 5 storm, cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track Thursday that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. (NOAA via AP)

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Due to the predicted weather associated with Hurricane Irma, Claflin University and South Carolina State University are closing at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Also, Denmark Technical College released a statement that “to ensure safe travel for our students, all classes at the Denmark Technical College are canceled beginning at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7, until further notice.”

Claflin University

Claflin said all evening classes and activities are also cancelled until further notice. Essential employees are expected to report.

Beginning, Friday, September 8, the University Dining Center will operate from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for brunch and from 5 until 7 p.m. for dinner. There will be no late-night dining. Jazzman’s Café, Pizza Hut and the 1869 Club will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8 until further notice.

The university’s Emergency Preparedness Team is continuously monitoring the path of Hurricane Irma and how it may affect the Orangeburg area. If the storm takes the predicted path, Orangeburg could be affected as early as Monday evening, Sept. 11 continuing until Tuesday, Sept. 12.

In a release, the university said "Safety is our first concern and we are supportive and would encourage faculty, staff and students to seek safety away from the predicted affected areas.

"If you are a student and unable to leave the Claflin University campus, please notify your residential life coordinator no later than Friday, September 8 at noon letting them know you will be staying on campus during the storm."

Updates will be sent by email, posted on social media, reported to local media and sent through the emergency text messaging service (Regroup.com) to alert the campus body of when the university will reopen and when classes will resume.

For more information, please call 803-535-5243.

South Carolina State University

All South Carolina State University residential halls will close at noon Friday, Sept. 8. All students are encouraged to begin evacuation immediately when the university closes.

Students who are unable to evacuate are required to complete the Emergency Preparedness Contact Information form, also available through Bulldog Connection, the student’s online portal, by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept 8 to inform Residential Life and Housing that they require shelter. Those students who remain will be required to take shelter at the on-campus emergency shelter, Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial (SHM) Center. Students may begin to take shelter at SHM beginning noon Sunday, Sept. 10, and must be in shelter by 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

Essential personnel are required to report to campus.

University officials continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Irma. Updates will be issued to the campus as necessary.

Updates on weather-related and other emergencies will be available on the following platforms:

• University’s homepage at www.scsu.edu

• Twitter: @scstate1896

• E2Campus (Registration required): This emergency system will send texts and emails of current or imminent threats to registered cell phone numbers and email addresses. To register, click here.

• Mass emails: Email communication will be disseminated, primarily from universityrelations@scsu.edu, to all university-issued email addresses.

Contact the writer: gcrider@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5570.

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