As Hurricane Michael spins in on the Florida Gulf Coast, those in its projected path are doing their best to get ready for the winds and rain the tempest is promising to bring.
The tempest was pronounced a Category 1 storm on Monday and was supposed to hit Florida on Wednesday, but is now expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle by Thursday morning. A highly sensitive situation was announced and the possibility of the tempest hitting had several school districts already preparing by shutting down for the week.
Some school areas declared on Monday that they would remain closed for the next two days and after then had plans to update as the week progresses and the tempest draws nearer to the mainland. Among those schools were some in the northern part of the state where the effects of the tempest were expected to be worst.
Leon County Schools declared on Monday that they would be closed the rest of the week because of Hurricane Michael. Florida State University likewise reported that it would be shut from Tuesday through the weekend because of the tempest at its Tallahassee and Panama City campuses. Tallahassee Community College would be shut even longer, through Sunday.
In Madison County, the school was kept shut for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the likelihood of a closing Friday. Holmes County schools were additionally set to be shut down for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Jackson and Walton County schools were shut Tuesday and Wednesday.
In Washington County, there was an early release planned for Tuesday, at 1 p.m. EDT and school was kept shut for Wednesday. That included after-school actions and there was a probability of a cancelation Thursday as well.
Individuals in the area where the tempest is expected to hit hardest should check their nearby news stations and province school sites whenever possible to know if at all their school will reopen on schedule.
The tempest was devastating the coastline along the Gulf and was expected to bring rain and perhaps hazardous tempest flood with it as well. That tempest flood happens when the solid breezes related with the sea tempest blow more water ashore notwithstanding the standard tide waters, causing a quick increment in ocean level on the shore. Authorities were asking occupants not to attempt to drive through any flooded streets because of the storm.