Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Charleston-area schools will close on Thurs. Oct. 11 ahead of Hurricane Michael

Classes will resume on Fri. Oct. 12

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

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Schools officials in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties announced Wednesday that it will cancel classes for one day in anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Michael.

In addition, after-school activities, sporting events, and extended day programs will also shut down.

"CCSD encourages our parents, students, and staff to stay safe and follow the instructions provided by local emergency management officials," the district announced in a statement Wednesday morning.

Assuming damage is minimal and the power doesn't go out, classes are expected to resume Fri. Oct. 12.

Hurricane Michael will track across Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday. Hurricane Michael is hovering above the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"The main hazards across Southeast South Carolina and Southeast Georgia are expected to include tropical storm force winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rainfall, dangerous surf conditions, and coastal flooding," according to the NHC.

The most significant impacts will stretch from tonight through Thursday evening.

"Officials will continue to closely monitor this weather event and will communicate with parents, staff, and the community as frequently as possible about any changes or additional closures," said Berkeley County School District spokesperson Katie Orvin in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Dorchester School District Two's classes, after-school activities, and sporting events will also close tomorrow and resume on Friday "due to the prediction of high winds and strong gusts, including the threat of tornadic activity that would produce falling limbs, power outages, and conditions that would impact safe bus operations," the district announced Wednesday.

Dorchester School District Four will also close on Thursday.

Only essential personnel is asked to report to the College of Charleston campus tomorrow, with classes also expected to resume on Friday.

"This cancellation affects all classes, labs, meetings and other activities scheduled at the downtown campus (including Harbor Walk and Avery Research Center), North Campus, Grice Marine Lab and the Lowcountry Graduate Center, including those courses taught in the English Language Institute and the Charleston Bridge Program," said College spokesperson Mike Robertson in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

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