Hurricane Florence

September 10, 2018

The George Washington University is monitoring forecasts and reports regarding Hurricane Florence as it travels towards the east coast of the United States.

As the storm progresses, the Washington metropolitan region may experience sustained winds and heavy rain. Models will continue to change as the storm approaches the east coast.

Campus Advisories will be the primary source of information for the university community on hurricane-related preparations, precautions and possible changes to access for university facilities. Members of the GW community are encouraged to check Campus Advisories for any updates.

In the event that there is a change to the university’s operating status, information will be communicated through the following ways:

  • Text and email alerts through GW Alerts. To sign up for GW Alert text messages or to add additional email addresses, visit the GW Alert FAQs.
  • GW’s homepage ( and Campus Advisories (
  • GW Information Line (202-994-5050), Virginia Science and Technology Campus Information Line (571-553-8333) and School of Medicine and Health Sciences Information Line (202-994-2196)
  • Social media via Twitter (@GWTweets) and Facebook.

More Information on Hurricanes

More information about Hurricane Florence is available on the National Hurricane Center website.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.

  •  Hurricane Watch: A hurricane is possible within 48 hours.
  •  Hurricane Warning: A hurricane is expected to arrive within 36 hours or less.
  • “Make a Plan” - Download the GW Emergency Response Handbook: