A satellite image of Hurricane Florence as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 9, 2018. Photo: NOAA via CIRA/RAMMB.

Hurricane Florence is forecasted to be a strong Category 2 storm when it makes landfall between South Carolina and North Carolina on Friday, bringing high winds and heavy rains. Here is what you need to know:

Furman to resume normal schedule Monday

Brief: Furman University will operate on its normal schedule Monday, the school announced in a released statement Friday afternoon.

Heavy rain, strong winds ahead for Upstate as Florence approaches

Brief: Upstate residents can expect to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence in the coming days as the Category 2 storm slams into the Carolinas and moves inland.

Greenville County Schools cancels weekend events

Brief: The district said all schools will still have classes Friday, but school and athletic events must conclude by 7 p.m. on Friday, according to a released statement from the district.

North Greenville cancels classes through Monday

Brief: North Greenville University announced the school has canceled classes and student activities at both of its campuses Friday and Monday because of Hurricane Florence.

Greer CPW prepares for outages ahead of Hurricane Florence

Brief: The agency said there are 40 electric department personnel able to respond to outages and all equipment has been fueled and stocked in preparation for the storm.

Furman University cancels classes ahead of hurricane

Brief: Furman University has cancelled all of its Thursday and Friday classes and student activities ahead of potential impact from Hurricane Florence.

Local animal shelters seek fosters, donations for evacuated dogs and cats

Brief: Greenville County Animal Care and the Greenville Humane Society are taking in dogs and cats evacuated because of Hurricane Florence and are in need of supplies.

Bon Secours St. Francis to offer free virtual doctor visits during hurricane

Brief: The influx of storm evacuees to the Upstate may lead to increased demand for health care, and changing weather conditions could lead to delays or closings at some of its facilities, said hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson in an email.

Greenville city crews preparing for Florence’s arrival

Brief: The city’s stormwater crews have been and will continue to check all known trouble spots and culverts, and are cleaning drains, according to Leslie Fletcher, the city’s communications manager.

As people evacuated the coast, Upstate interstate was being paved

Brief: When Gov. Henry McMaster ordered lanes on South Carolina interstates to be reversed in order to help evacuate the coast as Hurricane Florence approached, Chris Clark was surprised to see a road-paving project backing up traffic on Interstate 385.

GHS opens 24-hour operation center to accept hurricane evacuees

Brief: Greenville Health System is expecting 40 transfer patients from coastal health centers in South Carolina’s evacuation zones ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Schools: Decision about football, other extracurriculars to come by mid-afternoon Wednesday

Brief: Greenville County Schools plans to make a decision about football and other extracurricular activities scheduled for later this week by mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Furman expects to keep regular schedule amid Hurricane Florence

Brief: The university will likely keep all classes on a regular schedule while the National Hurricane Center projects a northward trend in Hurricane Florence’s path off the East Coast

Mandatory evacuation order lifted for some South Carolina counties

Brief: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has lifted his mandatory evacuation order for Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, which the exception of Edisto Beach based on updated predictions from the National Hurricane Center.

The Blood Connection says donations are needed before Hurricane Florence hits

Brief: The Blood Connection, which supplies blood to more than 20 counties across South Carolina and North Carolina, is asking blood donors to donate now to ensure there’s enough blood to meet demand during and after Hurricane Florence.

Greenville County Schools to monitor Hurricane Florence before cancelling activities

Brief: Greenville County Schools on Monday cancelled all field trips toward the coast through the weekend, but it hasn’t made any other cancellation decisions ahead of Hurricane Florence’s anticipated East Coast touchdown on Thursday.

Approaching hurricane postpones meetings about future of Greenville’s downtown

Brief: Two meetings scheduled this week to gather public input for Greenville’s new downtown master plan are being postponed because of Hurricane Florence. The open house and draft downtown master plan presentation will be rescheduled.

This is a developing story. This post will update as more information becomes available.

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