***UNION COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10TH, - FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2018***
UNION COUNTY, LAKE BUTLER, FLORIDA
Due to bad weather and affects from Hurricane Michael, ALL Union County Schools will be closed (tomorrow) Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and THURSDAY, October 11, 2018. This is for the safety of our buses and children and those staff/teachers/parents affected by Hurricane Michael.
Friday, October 12, 2018 was already scheduled as a Professional Development Day - No School.
Hurricane Michael continues to head toward West Florida as a CAT 2 Hurricane. Our area will still experience heavy rain and tropical storm force winds with potential of flooding in low lying areas. We are at a moderate risk for tornado activity. Unless storm track changes we are not planning to activate any storm shelters within Union County.
Michael is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A north-northwestward to northward motion is expected through tonight, followed by a northeastward motion on Wednesday and Thursday. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico through tonight. The center of Michael is
expected to move inland over the Florida Panhandle or Florida Big Bend area on Wednesday, and then move northeastward across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday.
Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected, and Michael is forecast to be a major hurricane at landfall in Florida. Weakening is expected after landfall as Michael moves through the southeastern United States.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from
the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.
We will continue to keep everyone updated.