State of Emergency Declared as Hurricane Florence Bears Down, local schools monitoring situationThe predicted path of Hurricane Florence. Image via the National Hurricane Center.
Governor Nathan Deal has declared a State of Emergency across the state as Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall. Although Atlanta is not expected to take the brunt of the damage, residents should still be concerned about the impact of high winds and heavy rain.
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The storm could affect the Atlanta area on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
City Schools of Decatur will be largely unaffected by the storm because students will be on fall break.
“The only programs/facilities open are the Central Office and the 0-3 year old programs at College Heights and the Frasier Center,” CSD spokesperson Courtney Burnett said.
Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools officials are monitoring the situation.
“The latest forecast track and information from the National Weather Service indicate the impacts to Georgia are expected to remain limited, as Hurricane Florence is likely to make landfall by Friday morning somewhere along the Carolina coast,” a message from APS to parents says. “However, some forecast track models show the storm’s remnants tracking a bit more west after landfall. If this happens, this could increase heavy rainfall or gusty winds in parts of the western Carolinas and possibly some eastern parts of Georgia by the end of the week and into the weekend. We advise everyone to continue to monitor the weather forecast closely over the coming days. We will continue to monitor the forecast track and will update you if inclement weather is expected to affect normal school operations.”
APS will notify parents via social media, robocalls, robotext, the APS mobile app, emails and the APS website:
A spokesperson for DeKalb County Schools said officials there are keeping an eye on things and will let parents know as soon as possible if school is cancelled due to the storm.
Editor’s note: Atlanta Loop editor Derek Prall contributed to this story.