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New Hanover County Schools closed Thursday out of ‘abundance of caution’ ahead of Hurricane Michael

The region will feel tropical-storm-strength effects on Thursday into the evening, and up to four inches of rain.

Four spots are up for grabs on the New Hanover County School Board of Education. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
New Hanover County Schools will be closed Thursday (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

WILMINGTON — Classes will be canceled for New Hanover County Schools on Thursday due to the impending Hurricane Michael — which is making landfall in the Florida Panhandle.

“Out of an abundance of caution with the approach of Hurricane Michael, New Hanover County Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Staff will have an optional teacher workday. Based on weather reports, NHCS plans to resume classes on Friday,” according to a press release from the school system.

Related: Brunswick County issues voluntary evacuation, closes schools, opens shelter ahead of Hurricane Michael

Brunswick County also announced the closure of its schools on Tuesday.

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall early Wednesday afternoon. Tropical-storm-force winds are possible in the Cape Fear region starting Thursday into Thursday evening, with the potential for tornadoes and flash-flooding from 2-4 inches of rain.

Unlike Hurricane Florence, Michael is – and is expected to remain – a fast-moving storm; for that reason, National Weather Service storm models show the storm system moving clear of the region by Friday.

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