While One Tree Hill has encountered a faux-hurricane in its lengthy run, a real-life mega-storm is something they’d rather steer clear of. Hence, the CW series has halted production on its final season in anticipation of Hurricane Irene’s expected East Coast arrival this weekend.
“As a precautionary measure and in consideration of our cast and crew, One Tree Hill production has shut down for today and [Saturday] due to Hurricane Irene,” a rep for the show tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few days.”
Tree Hill‘s Sophia Bush addressed the development Thursday, tweeting, “All our fans in town, please stay inside! We will not be filming. Stay safe.” Bush’s real-life beau and OTH co-star Austin Nichols echoed the sentiment via Twitter with a joke: “Can’t wait to dance with this large woman called Irene.”
While the production stoppage is merely a precaution, it’s likely one that may end up being a necessity: Hurricane Irene is expected to touch-down in North Carolina’s Barrier Islands on Saturday — not too far from where the primetime soap shoots in Wilmington.
Production on New York-based reality series’ Hoarders and Clean House has also been halted until Monday due to Irene.
One Tree Hill’s ninth and final season debuts on The CW at midseason.