Local State of Emergency and school closure issued for Gulf County


GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Gulf County Commission issued a local state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian. School Superintendent Jim Norton made the decision to close schools in Gulf County on Tuesday. His full statement is below.

"We are receiving a lot of questions regarding the weather and its potential impact on our schools. It is simply too early to tell what route Hurricane Dorian may eventually take.

"Prevailing wisdom by the experts puts the Florida east coast & peninsula most at risk, but as we have so painfully learned, our area is not immune.

"Governor DeSantis placed the entire state under a state of emergency. This morning, the Gulf County Commission also declared a local state of emergency.

"Given the uncertainty of the storm’s track and the fact that we continue to reel from Hurricane Michael emotionally, physically and financially, we have made the decision to close our schools on Tuesday. I pray for beautiful skies and sunshine as we celebrate Labor Day and that the only effect Dorian has on us is the gift of additional time with family.

"With the emotional and physical safety of our students and staff foremost in our minds, schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3rd.

"The situation will be monitored and should it be necessary to close schools beyond Tuesday, we will let everyone know.

"Hope for the best and prepare for the worst, as we will continue to pray for those in the path of Hurricane Dorian."

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