Schools and county offices in the Tampa Bay area have announced early closing and some closures ahead of Hurricane Ian.
According to News Channel 8, some Pinellas County schools will have early dismissal on Monday so the county can prepare to open them to the public as special needs shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Ian.
The following Pinellas County schools will release students at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26:
- Palm Harbor University High School
- Dunedin Highland Middle School
- John Hopkins Middle School
All other Pinellas County Schools and offices will be open for regular hours on Monday, September 26. ALL Pinellas County schools will be closed and offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 28, and are tentatively scheduled to reopen Thursday, Sept. 29.
WEATHER UPDATE: The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners & Pinellas County Emergency Management will be activating shelters to prep for #TropicalStormIan. Special Needs Shelters will open at 6 pm Monday, Sept. 26 & more shelters will open Tuesday morning. (Cont. 🧵) pic.twitter.com/wCCGqkElWL— Pinellas County Schools (@my_pcs) September 25, 2022
The special needs shelters will open Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Anyone who needs transportation to those shelters is asked to contact the county information center at 727-464-4333.
Pasco County Schools and offices will remain open on Monday, September 26. Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. All after school programs, all athletic events and practices, and all extracurricular events have been canceled.
Due to the current forecast for Tropical Storm Ian, the plan for Pasco County Schools is as follows:— Pasco County Schools (@pascoschools) September 25, 2022
Schools and offices will be open on Monday.
Schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
As of now, no Pasco County shelters have opened ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. Keep this post saved in your favorites as we will continue to update it as shelters begin to open.
Hillsborough County schools will be closed from Monday, September 26, through Thursday, September 29. All extracurricular activities have been canceled.
HCPS is working closely with the EOC as Tropical Storm Ian continues its trek towards FL. County emergency officials will activate many of our schools as storm shelters beginning Monday. Because of this, our district has no choice but to close schools Sept. 26 - Sept 29. pic.twitter.com/QwTaEp2Bbx— Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch) September 25, 2022
Hillsborough County officials are determining if schools will be needed for shelters based on the latest storm track.
The Tampa Lightning have postponed their preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 against Carolina and Thursday, September 29 against Nashville at Amalie Arena.
We have postponed our preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 against Carolina and Thursday, September 29 against Nashville at @AmalieArena due to the potential effects of Hurricane Ian.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 26, 2022
Stay safe, Tampa Bay. 💙https://t.co/OL5CKwHKKj
Schools in Sarasota County will close Tuesday, Sept. 27, “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a release from school officials.
9/26 11AM UPDATE: ALL TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.— Sarasota Schools (@sarasotaschools) September 26, 2022
All traditional public schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 27th, out of an abundance of caution and to prepare schools that serve as emergency evacuation centers.
We will update this post as more information continues to unfold.
Earlier this week, Denis Phillips compiled a list of common sense and some creative life hacks that could be helpful to make Ian’s visit less stressful and damaging.
10 Florida Hurricane Life Hacks from Denis Phillips