FULL LIST: Effects of Hurricane Florence cause closures, delays, postponements through weekend

FULL LIST: Effects of Hurricane Florence cause closures, delays, postponements through weekend

Central Virginia is no longer expected to receive the full brunt of Hurricane Florence, but many local colleges, school systems, and event organizers have either pulled the plug or are rescheduling. Here’s what you need to know; this list will be updated as the week goes on.

While the projected path of Hurricane Florence appears to be changing a bit in our favor and tracking to the south, some local school systems and event organizers have decided to close and cancel, respectively.


Virginia Commonwealth University – Based on the current forecast information and the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, VCU will close from Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th. All classes — including online classes — are canceled due to the approach of Hurricane Florence. Residence halls will remain open and essential personnel should report to work. The VCU Medical Center remains open and is fully operational.

Virginia Union University – Classes are canceled as of noon September 11th, and will resume on Monday, September 17th. Any student leaving campus needs to do so by 5:00 PM September 12th.

University of Richmond – Family weekend is canceled; school remains open.

School systems

Chesterfield County Public Schools – Out of concern for the safety of students and staff members, Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, September 14th. No students or staff should report, and all afterschool activities are canceled.

Hanover County Public Schools – Hanover County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, September 14th. Employees are instructed to use Code 1. In addition, all school activities have been canceled beginning at dismissal on Thursday, September 13th through Sunday, September 16th. Please note that all schools and related facilities will be closed during this time.

Henrico County Public Schools –  Thursday, September 13th will be a normal school day. However, all after-school activities are now canceled. On Friday, September 14th, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for all students and staff and continue to be closed through Sunday.

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School – The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School will be closed on Friday September 14th in anticipation of the potential flooding of area roads due to Hurricane Florence.  All games and competitions for Thursday and through the weekend will be rescheduled.  For further updates please check on the school website and through local media.  If additional instructional days need to be canceled next week due to safety concerns, messages will be sent through Powerschool to email and phone.

Richmond Public Schools – On Thursday, September 13th, all RPS schools and offices will open on time, but all afterschool activities will be canceled. If new information arises over the next 24 hours indicating safety concerns for Thursday morning, we will close RPS schools and offices on Thursday. We will make that decision no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday. On Friday, September 14th, all RPS schools, offices, and activities will be closed. Over the weekend, we will assess road and building conditions to determine our schedule for Monday and beyond.


GRTC Transit System – As of Thursday morning, there are some service delays of 10-20 minutes on GRTC routes as the Richmond area receives evacuation traffic. This includes 15-20 minute delays on the Pulse service.


43rd Street Festival of the Arts –Event has been canceled due to the weather. (more here)

Arthur Ashe Boulevard name change community meeting – The community meeting regarding the possible name change of Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard, scheduled for Thursday evening at the VMFA, has been postponed. More information on a rescheduled date will be available soon.

Pickled and Fermented Festival at Center of the Universe Brewing – Postponed until a later date, to be announced. (more here)

Science on Tap: Tribute to Grunge at the Science Museum of Virginia – Science on Tap at the Science Museum is postponed until November 1st. It was originally scheduled for this Thursday (more here)

Sunset Yoga at Kanawha – The Sunset Yoga at Kanaway Plaza, hosted by 17th Street Market RVA, has been canceled due to the expected weather conditions. It will resume on Thursday, September 20th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts events – VMFA is canceling classes at the Studio School this Friday, September 14th as well as the reception for the Studio School Faculty Exhibition scheduled for 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday evening. The Exhibition Reception will be rescheduled for Friday, Sep 28th. Family Day is also canceled this weekend.

South of the James Farmer’s Market – Per the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Northam and Mayor Stoney, and after conversations between Karen and Doug Grisevich and City of Richmond officials, the decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s Market. This is not a decision easily made but is the most prudent course of action.

Editor’s Note: Is your business or organization closing or altering regular operations due to the storm? Email us your information here and we’ll get it posted.



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