On Monday, some North and South Carolina schools closed ahead of Hurricane Irma's approach. School officials cited the possibility of gusty winds and tornadoes, and the dangers of driving high-profile vehicles (buses) in high winds.
On Tuesday Buncombe, Henderson. Transylvania, Macon and Madison County are among the school systems that will operate on a two-hour delay, and Jackson County Schools will close.
In South Carolina, Anderson County, Pickens County and Greenville County Schools will also close. Here's the full statement from Greenville County Schools:
Due to the ongoing threat of severe weather, widespread power outages, and storm damage, and after consultation with law enforcement and other emergency responders, all Greenville County Schools and offices will remain closed on Tuesday, September 12, and all after-school activities are cancelled. With high winds forecast to continue through 4 a.m., repair crews will be unable to restore power, clear secondary roadways, and ensure working traffic signals across the county before the start of school, even under a two-hour delay. We also know that additional traffic generated by student and employee commutes strains law enforcement and hampers response and repair efforts.
As of 5 p.m. we have eight confirmed GCS sites without power, but security alarms indicate power outages at numerous other facilities. Those will be confirmed by district security, facilities, or maintenance personnel, but we will not be able to thoroughly inspect and restore all locations between the end of the predicted threat and the beginning of morning bus routes. Additionally, we have been advised that gusts approaching 30 miles per hour may be expected even after the conclusion of the wind advisory.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause families and businesses, but the safety and security of students and employees is our first priority.
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