Schools in Putnam, Columbia counties to close due to Hurricane Ian. Here’s where other districts stand

9/26/2022 11:45:00 PM

JUST IN: Schools in Putnam and Columbia counties will close later this week due to Hurricane Ian.

JUST IN: Schools in Putnam and Columbia counties will close later this week due to Hurricane Ian.

As Hurricane Ian gains strength and approaches Florida, school districts in the Tampa Bay area have started to announce closures, but local districts are waiting to make decisions.

University of South Florida campus in Tampa.) Computer Model Forecast Tracks Next 5 Days (The lines on this graphic represent several of the many track forecasts from various computer models.wind shear – winds that change direction and speed at various heights – over the Caribbean Sea is expected to allow Ian to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane.Parts of Hernando County Under Mandatory Evacuation Parts of Hernando County, Florida will be under a mandatory evacuation order beginning Tuesday morning.

(Wikimedia Commons/FightingRaven531) JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– As Hurricane Ian gains strength and approaches Florida, school districts in Columbia and Putnam counties decided Monday to close schools later this week.) T​here is a real threat Ian's circulation could scrape up a significant portion of the western Peninsula, even if it never makes landfall, there.Putnam County has announced it will close down schools from Wednesday through Friday after officials made the decision to activate schools for community members needing a safe place to shelter."That is just fuel for these hurricanes.“Many factors are considered when opening a shelter, so even if our community experiences minimal physical effects from the storm, our district plays an important role in the response from the EOC,” Putnam Schools wrote on its website.This is partially due to its track over plentiful deep, warm water in the western Caribbean Sea and a potential boost from the , a northward current of warm water from the western Caribbean Sea into the southern Gulf of Mexico long known to be a fuel source for intense Gulf hurricanes.“School administrators manage the operations of the shelters, bus drivers support the transportation of some community members, food service teams provide meals to shelter occupants, and our custodial, maintenance and IT teams work to keep our facilities in order throughout the event.S.

” Putnam County shelters will open Tuesday at 6 p.All other factors equal, deep, warm water helps fuel intensification of tropical storms and hurricanes." The Loop Current , a current of very warm water flowing northward from the western Caribbean Sea into the southern Gulf of Mexico, could also provide a boost to Ian's intensification rate, as it has long been known to be a significant source of fuel for strong Gulf of Mexico hurricanes.m.Columbia County will have students go virtual on Wednesday and close schools on Thursday and Friday.(​ Ian A Gulf Coast Danger Regardless of Its 'Category' ) R​emember, impacts with any tropical storm or hurricane typically occur outside the cone and can arrive before the center.The Tampa Bay area was the first to announce school closures.But Ian is forecast to be a large hurricane regardless of its intensity, and its forward progress is expected to slow down, so Ian will still be a significant hurricane threat along the northern or eastern Gulf Coast regardless of its category rating on the.More than 15 school districts along the western Gulf Coast — including those in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties — announced Monday afternoon they will close for at least one day this week with many deciding to Tuesday through Thursday.C​aymans, Cuba Impacts In addition to hurricane-force winds alluded to earlier, s​torm surge flooding of up to 4 feet above normal tides may occur in the Cayman Islands Monday.Rogers said officials on Monday declared a local state of emergency for Hernando County that will be in effect for the next seven days.

Classes at the University of South Florida are also canceled Monday through Thursday.Gov.Heavy rain is expected in parts of the western Caribbean from Ian through Monday or Tuesday.Here's what we know about Hurricane Ian.Ron DeSantis on Monday said any Florida school closures will be.The website shows Florida State University is canceling classes Tuesday through Friday.U​p to 8 inches of rain may fall in the Cayman Islands, and up to 16 inches could occur in western and central Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.In Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia, most school districts are still waiting to make final decisions.The heavy rain could produce flash flooding and mudslides in hilly and mountainous areas, particularly in Jamaica and Cuba."That's just the name of the game," he said.

In Duval County, the school district said it is watching Hurricane Ian but no decision has been made as of Monday afternoon.S.Duval County Superintendent Dr.Diana Greene said during a Monday press conference that the district will make a decision about closing schools or not by Tuesday at noon.Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area beginning Wednesday.North Florida and the Panhandle could see rain Thursday through Saturday.The district said an update will be posted to its website at 6 p.m.The following peak storm surge inundation is possible, if it happens at the time of high tide: -4 to 7 feet from Englewood to Bonita Beach -3 to 5 feet from Bonita Beach to East Cape Sable -2 to 4 feet in the Florida Keys and from East Cape Sable to Card Sound Bridge, including Florida Bay Bands of heavier rain well ahead of Ian could begin in Florida as soon as Monday.The governor also urged people not to"panic buy" fuel or other supplies.

on Monday."People are just so fixated on two things, the Saffir-Simpson intensities, the number, and the track.In Clay County, no decision has been made, but the district asked residents and parents to go to Alert.Heavy rain is also expected in north Florida, the Panhandle as Ian approaches beginning for the latest updates.Rainfall Outlook (This should be interpreted as a broad outlook of where the heaviest rain may fall and may shift based on the forecast path of the tropical cyclone." Florida Gov.St.Follow.

Johns County is also taking a wait-and-see approach and put out a statement to parents and students on Monday afternoon.) The combination of storm surge and heavy rain could compound flooding along and near the Florida Gulf Coast where both are forecast during Ian..That is something that will likely happen with a hurricane of this magnitude.

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