Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle on October 10. The storm has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane on October 8. While forecasts are just predictions, it is possible that Michael could be a Category 3 hurricane when it strikes Florida.
Along with Category 3 winds ranging from 111 to 129 mph, life-threatening storm surges are possible along the Florida Gulf Coast. Michael’s track is pointing to a region that extends from Mobile, Alabama through the Florida Panhandle and into northern Florida.
A hurricane watch has been declared in southwest Alabama, northwest Florida, south-central Alabama, and inland southeast Mississippi.
Universities and district schools are preparing for the storm by canceling classes. Check out the list of both school’s and county’s that have canceled classes:
All Bay District Schools will be closed October 9 and October 10 due to Hurricane Michael.
Florida State University
The university announced that the campus will be closed from October 9 through October 12. FSU Tallahassee and Panama City, FL campuses close on the night of October 8.
For more updates on the university’s closing visit: https://alerts.fsu.edu/
Gulf Coast School For Autism
The school announced on their Facebook page that they will be closing on October 9 and October 10.
Childworld Learning Center
The daycare will be closed on October 9 and October 10.
According to My Panhandle, mandatory evacuations have been issued for all of Cape San Blas, All of Indian Pass area, Simmons Bayou, Highland View, Windmark, In the City of Port St. Joe all areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avene, St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill, and Waterside of Hwy. 98.
Schools have been closed in the previous county’s.
Check local news for updates on the track of Michael and any new school closings during the storm. Stay safe!