Bethune-Cookman issues mandatory evacuation for students, staff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Bethune-Cookman University has issued a mandatory evacuation for students and staff beginning noon Monday.


A lot of students left Sunday when the school put the notice out.

Outside of the school’s dorms Monday morning, students began packing their cars.

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The school sent out the notice Sunday, ahead of the pending arrival of Hurricane Ian and potential risks of flooding.

BCU canceled all its classes for Monday and pickup Tuesday online. A university spokesperson said once the storm has passed, the school will assess the damage to determine when students might return.

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The school will make accommodations off-campus for students who cannot leave, the spokesperson said.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.