New Hanover County, UNCW to shutter operations early with extreme weather inbound

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — With extreme weather expected to impact southeastern N.C. this week, a number of institutions have announced an early close to operations. 

RELATED: Thursday storm projected to bring heaviest impacts by early evening

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington will shutter classes, events and activities starting at 1 p.m. Thursday. Condition 1 of the Adverse Weather Policy will go into effect starting then, through at least 8 a.m. tomorrow. 

Campus services might be affected too, and will modify operations on a case-by-case basis. 

Access more UNCW information here.

New Hanover County will close offices, attractions and vaccination sites at 4 p.m. 

“Based on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, New Hanover County is expecting the potential for severe storms this afternoon and evening that could bring strong winds, tornadoes, and hail,” according to a press release. 

Residents with a vaccination appointment scheduled after 4 p.m. on Thursday will be contacted individually to reschedule. For questions about vaccine appointments, call (910) 798-6800.

“Current models show storms moving into our area late this afternoon, with the intensity of impacts (including wind gusts of 60 mph, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes) around 7 to 8 p.m.,” according to the county. “Then the storm is expected to move out of our area sometime between 8 and 9 p.m.”

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