Hurricane Florence Update #7 – September 14, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

Claflin University remains closed until further notice. The National Weather Service continues to predict that Hurricane Florence will impact South Carolina. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Orangeburg until Sunday, September 16. A Flash Flood Watch has also been predicted until Sunday, September 16.

Students who were unable to leave the Orangeburg area have been relocated to the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University to “shelter-in-place.” The University has partnered with South Carolina State University to provide a clean, safe, comfortable environment during the storm. Meals will be provided at the Center. Claflin University Residential Life Coordinators are on-hand at the Center to assist and answer questions in case of emergencies. If you have any questions regarding residential life, please call (803) 535-5651.

Claflin University’s Emergency Preparedness Team is continuing to secure the campus and respond to the needs of students, faculty and staff in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

To see up-to-date information concerning Hurricane Florence, please visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at

Updates will be sent by email, posted on social media, and sent through the emergency text messaging service ( to alert the campus family of when the University will reopen and when classes will resume. You may follow local media reports (WIS, WLTX or ABC Columbia) for local news reports on the storm. You may also connect with the Hurricane Florence Statewide Hotline at (866) 246-0133.

For general information and updates, please call the Claflin University Information Line at (803) 535-5243 or visit To reach Claflin University’s Public Safety Office, please call (803) 535-5444.

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