All classes have been cancelled until Monday Aug. 31 as Nacogdoches is in the anticipated path of Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura, sitting at a category 4 in strength but could potentially become a category 5, is the first major hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season.

Thursday, University President Scott Gordon sent out an email stating that although the severity of the storm was less than anticipated, classes will remain cancelled through Monday, and employees are not required to work through Friday at 5 p.m.

However, in case any assistance is needed, Chief of Police John Fields encourages students to sign up for the Rave Guardian mobile application with the University Police Department.

While Nacogdoches is only on the edge of the storm, the streets and stores may be busier this week as many residents on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Arthur, Galveston and Beaumont have been issued an evacuation order.

Hotels around Nacogdoches including Fredonia, Super 8, Best Western, Days Inn and Comfort Suite have all been experiencing a surge of check-ins due to evacuations and have all been fully booked on varying days throughout the week.

SFA’s home page is providing daily updates on the weather report and campus operations involving the storm through the JackAlert Emergency Notification System.

SFA has opened a phone bank to answer any questions about SFA’s response to Hurricane Laura at (936) 468-3401.

The University has backup generators on standby. Because SFA and local hospitals are on the same power grid and are seen as top priority to the city, any potential outages on campus should be recovered quickly.

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