CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As Hurricane Florence heads toward the eastern U.S. for an anticipated Thursday landfall, Lowcountry schools and businesses are evaluating the potential danger and making decisions about their schedules.
We will update any closings, cancellations and schedule changes here.
- Charleston Southern University will end classes Monday at 2 p.m. and asks students to use Blackboard to keep up with assignments. Campus offices will close at 4 p.m. and remain closed until further notice.
- Trident Technical College has canceled Tuesday's Sept. 11 film screenings. They will be rescheduled to a later date. There has been no announcement about classes.
- The Charleston County Transportation Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning has been canceled.
- The Berkeley County Animal Shelter will stop accepting pets on Monday and begin preparing for possible evacuations. The shelter is currently asking for people to come foster the animals. The shelter will not be accepting owner surrenders or strays until Hurricane Florence no longer poses a threat to South Carolina.
- Dorchester Paws will be closed Monday and Tuesday to evacuate animals. Anyone who can help by temporarily fostering (cats first) is asked to come to 136 Four Paws Lane and bring your own carrier if possible.
- Lowcountry Regional EMS Council has canceled all classes for the remainder of Monday. The Main Office will remain open until Tuesday at 5 p.m. The National Registry Exam scheduled for this Friday has been rescheduled for Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m.
- The 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base will postpone Tuesday's 9/11 17th Anniversary Ceremony.
The Charleston County School District is "closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and its potential impact to Charleston," a post on its Twitter page states. "We are consulting with local and state officials and will communicate any SCHOOL related information when it becomes available."
Likewise, Berkeley County School District officials say they are working closely with the county's Emergency Preparedness Division and are receiving regular updates about Florence and its potential impact.
Beaufort County officials said no decision on evacuation has been made there.
The Citadel and the College of Charleston also have posted that they are watching developments but no cancellations or changes to campus activities have been announced.
"If not already done, now would be an excellent time for members of our campus community to verify they have plenty of gas not only in vehicles but gas for any generator equipment, plenty of water and money (cash)," a post on The Citadel's website states.