As of a campus-wide email sent out at 9:16 p.m. Thursday, all College of Charleston classes and activities have been canceled through Sunday at noon due to inclement weather and flooding conditions throughout the Lowcountry.
In case you missed the troves of students tubing down Coming St. this afternoon, a Flash Flood Warning was issued at 1:40 p.m. as rains from Hurricane Joaquin began to hit Charleston. Classes continued throughout the day; only some professors chose to cancel due to heavy rains.
Charleston and Berkeley County Schools are canceled for Friday along with Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Charleston Southern University and Trident Tech.
Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Joaquin and wrote on her Facebook page, “Our family encourages you and your families to stay safe.” At 5 p.m. today Charleston County Emergency Management moved to an OPCOM 4, which is a “possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require a partial or full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.” The last time the county was put on alert for potential emergency was during the ice storms of 2014.
While the category 4 hurricane is expected to miss the Carolinas, six to 10 inches of rain are predicted to hit the Lowcountry this weekend. Meteorologist John Quagliariello, with the National Weather Service, Charleston told The Post and Courier, “the concern is that people are going to be so focused on the hurricane, they won’t realize that this is going to be a significant event…it could be historic. People should be aware of that.”
The Weather Channel confirmed that Jim Cantore is headed back to Charleston, arriving Saturday to cover the hurricane. He was last on the College of Charleston campus for the ice storms of 2014, when a student ran on camera and Cantore infamously defended himself with his knee.
Event cancellations this weekend include College of Charleston’s Family Weekend, The Charleston Farmers Market, Lowcountry Heart Walk and Charleston Oktoberfest. The Charleston Fall Greek Festival has been postponed to Oct. 16-18.
While students will enjoy a three day weekend, the College has scheduled a make up day for what used to be reading day, Dec. 8. In the campus-wide email sent out, college officials noted, “All residence halls remain open. Dining services will operate on a normal schedule on Friday and throughout the weekend. Efforts will be made to have limited access to the Addlestone Library on Friday and throughout the weekend.”
The email urged anyone needing assistance to contact the Department of Public Safety at 843.953.5611 (emergency) or 843.953.5609 (non-emergency).