BOONE — All classes and academic obligations at Appalachian State University are canceled Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18, the university announced Friday.

"Confidence is growing for the Boone area to experience significant potential impact from Hurricane Florence, and the safety of students, faculty and staff traveling to campus is paramount," the ASU alert said.

For non-faculty employees, the Adverse Weather Policy is in effect at Condition 1 (Reduced Operations) Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18, ASU said. Further decisions about employee status will be made by 5 p.m. Sunday.

Under Condition 1, the university remains open, but certain non-mandatory operations may be reduced due to more limited staffing. Mandatory employees must report to or remain at work. All other employees have the option to report late, leave early, or not work at all; however, the employee is responsible for informing his/her supervisory chain in a timely manner of all such decisions. Go to http://appstatealert.com for more information, or contact your immediate supervisor with any questions.

For off-campus students, faculty and staff in need of safe shelter, the Quinn Center at 303 Stadium Drive, will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

NEVER drive through flooded streets or around barricades – they are there to protect people from danger. Even shallow fast-moving water is dangerous. It takes only six inches of fast-moving water to knock over an adult. Twelve inches of rushing water can carry away a small car, and two feet can carry away most vehicles.

During the time that classes are cancelled, gates to restricted parking areas are lifted and students, faculty, staff and the public can park in those lots. Always be mindful of signage. Some lots are prone to flooding.

For AppalCART schedules, visit www.appalcart.com or the NextBus app.

As weather conditions develop, use caution, and monitor http://appstatealert.com and university email for any updates.

Quinn Center Shelter

For off-campus students, faculty and staff in need of safe shelter, the Quinn Center at 303 Stadium Drive, will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Quinn Center shelter is open to off-campus Appalachian State University students, faculty and staff, and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents. At least one member of the party needs to show a valid App Card. No pets will be permitted (with the exception of service and support animals). No weapons of any kind will be permitted.

What to bring:

• Personal care items you would normally travel with: toiletries, bath towels, medications, etc.

• Bedding for a cot: pillow, pillowcase, sheet, blanket.

• Clothing

• Phone chargers, headphones, books, etc.

For members of the greater community, Alliance Bible Fellowship will be open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 as a shelter for Watauga County. Alliance Bible Fellowship is located at 1035 NC Hwy 105 Bypass Boone, NC 28607.

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