Several North Carolina colleges and universities have announced they are closing and canceling events ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Media outlets report Hurricane Florence reached Category 4 status on Monday, with winds of up to 140 mph (220 kph).
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC-Charlotte have also cancelled classes. UNC-Charlotte says classes will be cancelled beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday extending through Friday.
Fayetteville State University says classes are in session, but some operations are reduced.
Schools with scheduled home football games that may be affected are N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill and Fayetteville State.