Moore County Schools and Sandhills Community College will be closed Thursday because of potentially hazardous weather from Hurricane Dorian.

The school district announced shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday that it would be closed to all students and staff on Thursday. Earlier this week, a groundbreaking ceremony for a building expansion at North Moore High School was postponed because of the storm.

Later on Wednesday, Sandhills Community College announced that “all classes and activities” at its campuses in both Moore and Hoke counties are canceled for Thursday.

Meteorologists say tropical-force winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Dorian could reach the Sandhills, with the most hazardous weather expected to arrive late Thursday. 

Scot Brooks, emergency manager for Moore County, previously told The Pilot that an emergency operations center will be established Thursday morning to “ride out the storm and handle any operational issues." 

According to Brooks, there is “no intent at this particular time” to open an emergency shelter. He said officials are currently “evaluating the need in changing some of the county’s staffing hours,” along with the hours for county-run services such as Meals on Wheels.

In anticipation of the hurricane, Amtrak has canceled service on its Silver Star route, which stops in Southern Pines. The company said service could resume Friday, depending on the weather.


Jaymie Baxley is a reporter covering crime, public safety and general news for The Pilot. He previously worked at The Robesonian in Robeson County and The Daily Courier in Rutherford County.

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