Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian school closings: Are schools closed in Florida next week? How to check | World | News

Hurricane Dorian is the fourth named hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and is forecast to wreak havoc on the southeastern US coast. Florida is directly in the path of the powerful storm, causing Governor Ron DeSantis to call a state of emergency for the whole of the state. Residents are being urged to make sure they have seven days worth of supplies, and more than 860,000 bottles of water have been delivered to counties ahead of the storm.

More than one million gallons of water and 1.8 million meals will be ready for distribution.

Mr DeSantis told residents it was “important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely”, and urged them to stock up on at least seven days worth of food.

The NHC noted the risk of “devastating hurricane-force winds along the Florida East Coast” in its latest advisory.

To aid any needed response, 15 urban search-and-rescue teams are standing by.

Read More: Hurricane Dorian Florida: Cruise ships and airline cancellations

Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall in Florida as a category 4 storm on Monday. 

At 8am AST (1pm BST), Dorian was located 255 miles east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas, and around 505 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas.

Dorian has grown in strength, with windspeed now measuring close to 110 mph, meaning if it gets just one mile per hour stronger, it will be a Category 3 hurricane.

Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through today.

Read More: Hurricane Dorian update: Florida forcaster warns of growing danger 

The University of Miami has cancelled classes at the Coral Gables, marine and medical campuses beginning at noon Friday through Tuesday – they are expected to resume on Wednesday, September 4

Barry University campuses in Miami Shores and the Andreas School of Law in Orlando, as well as all other sites throughout Florida, will close at 5 pm on Friday, August 30, until further notice

Florida Atlantic University campuses will remain open for the remainder of Friday but will be closed Saturday, August 31, through Monday, September 2. A further decision about classes on Tuesday will be announced soon.

Mr DeSantis said on Thursday the Florida Department of Education will post school closures on a special section of its website.

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