Bethune-Cookman University issues evacuation order ahead of potential hurricane impacts

University says mandatory evacuation in effect Monday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman University announced Saturday a mandatory evacuation order for its campus in Daytona Beach will be in effect Monday as Tropical Storm Ian is on a path toward Florida.

Ian is expected to strengthen in the Caribbean and become a major hurricane by late Monday or early Tuesday, according to forecasters.

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The university said the decision was made “due to the anticipated trajectory and strength” of the storm. While the university refers to the storm as a hurricane in its announcement, Ian remains a tropical storm as of Saturday night.

The evacuation order goes into effect Monday, Sept. 26, at 12 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman University said evacuation procedures would be shared Saturday night or early Sunday.

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