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Hurricane Dorian closes schools in Wake, Durham and Johnston. Others closing early.

Hurricane Dorian moves away from NC coast after Cape Hatteras landfall

Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, NC at 8:35 a.m, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm pounded the coast with heavy rain and wind, causing severe flooding and power outages across the state.
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Hurricane Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras, NC at 8:35 a.m, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm pounded the coast with heavy rain and wind, causing severe flooding and power outages across the state.

School systems in Wake, Durham and Johnston counties will be closed Thursday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian. But Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County will dismiss classes three hours early.

Wake announced the closure on Wednesday afternoon, citing “the most recent forecasts and continued unpredictability of Hurricane Dorian.” Wake said additional information will be released Thursday about whether schools would reopen Friday.

Johnston County has already announced it will be closed both Thursday and Friday for staff and students. District leaders cited how the county has already declared a state of emergency and expects to experience tropical storm force winds.

North Johnston Middle School will operate as an emergency shelter beginning on Thursday at 1 PM.

Durham school leaders cited “an abundance of caution and the potential for localized flooding” for closing school on Thursday for students. School employees are being asked to report in or make arrangements with their supervisor to take leave or make up the time.

Despite the closure, several Durham schools will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to provide meal for all children:

Bethesda Elementary

Club Blvd. Elementary

Eastway Elementary

Eno Valley Elementary

Githens Middle

Glenn Elementary

R.N. Harris Elementary

Hillandale Elementary

Lakewood Montessori Middle

Sandy Ridge Elementary

Shepard Middle

Southwest Elementary

Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

By early Wednesday evening, both Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools announced they’d dismiss school three hours early on Thursday. Chapel Hill said the early dismissal will allow them to get student drivers, bus riders and employees safely home and to prepare the school buildings.

Wake announced when students will make up the lost day of classes:

Traditional-calendar schools and Fox Road Elementary will have a makeup day on Nov. 1.

Modified-calendar schools will have classes Jan. 3,

The Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Young Women’s Leadership Academy will have classes Oct. 7.

Wake STEM Early College will have classes Oct. 9.

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Wake Early College of Health Sciences and North Wake College and Career Academy will make up the day on Nov. 12.

Tracks 1, 3 and 4 at year-round schools will have classes Sept. 7. Track 2 will not have to make up the day.

Barwell Road and Walnut Creek elementary schools will have classes Oct. 21,

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T. Keung Hui has covered K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. His primary focus is Wake County, but he also covers statewide education issues.
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