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Severe Weather Alert Issued in Leon County And Surrounding Areas

By Anae Jackson | News 20 Online Producer
On February 23, 2016

 

The storm prediction center has placed majority of North Florida and South Georgia under a severe weather watch.

The City of Tallahassee’s Emergency Management Team expects the storm system to travel through Tallahassee overnight.

A forceful low pressure system along with a cold front is expected to move in, potentially causing damaging winds and tornadoes, according to Storm Prediction Center.

The Electric Utility response crews will be on duty overnight as the high winds can potentially down trees and cause power outages.

Sherri Luke, a retiree of the Florida A&M University Police Department emergency management team, advised students to stay inside of buildings and have a buddy system if traveling is needed. She added that students should remove all possible projectiles from the window.

Luke said students living in certain areas should take special precautions.

“If you are living on a lower deck that is prone to flooding, remove all cords and unplug all electronics that can surge,” Luke said. “Especially [students] living in McGuinn/Diamond and Truth Hall.”

To subscribe to FAMU’s Emergency Alert System register for here, https://famu.bbcportal.com/.

To report a power outage in Tallahassee, city utility customers can call 891-4YOU (4968) to report power outages and can also report them using Talgov.com/Outages or the City’s free mobile app, DigiTally.

Local weather conditions can be monitored by visiting the NWS-Tallahassee Weather Forecast office website at weather.gov/tallahassee. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee recommends that citizens turn on their Wireless Emergency Alerts functions on his or her phone.

For storm response updates, please follow COTNews and COTTraffic on Twitter.

 

The following schools have announced closures or delayed starts for faculty, staff and students:

Florida A&M University
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Leon County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

 Wakulla County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Madison County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Thomasville City Schools
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Jefferson County Schools
School will be delayed on Wednesday. Bus pickup begins at 9 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 10:15 a.m., middle and high schools will begin at 10:40am.

Keiser University -Tallahassee Campus
No day classes for faculty or students on Wednesday due to inclement weather. Staff will need to report to campus by 9:30 a.m.

Tallahassee Museum Preschool
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

North Florida Community College - Madison Campus
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Lowndes County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Valdosta City Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Brooks County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Cook County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Echols County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Lanier County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Pelham City Schools
Schools will be delayed until 10 a.m. Wednesday. Bus routes will be delayed two hours. Teachers will report to school by 9:20 a.m. and child drop-off begins at 9:20 a.m.

Colquitt County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Brookwood School
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Scintilla Charter Academy
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Campuses will delay opening Wednesday until noon due to inclement weather. All classeshttp://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/icon1.png scheduled at noon or later will be held. Faculty who teach at a high school that has not reported as being closed, please check with Andrea Fletcher or Stacy Prescott to see the status of classes.

Grady County Schools
Closed for students on Wednesday due to inclement weather. Staff are expected to report at 10 a.m.

Aucilla Christian Academy
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Georgia Military College
Delayed start on Wednesday, classes will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Betton Hills School
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Thomasville Christian School
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Gadsden County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Taylor County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Franklin County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Woodland Hall Academy
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Favor Christian Academy
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Rose Academy
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Childcare Network
Delayed start on Wednesday, opening at 10 a.m.

Conerstone Learning Community
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Decatur County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

Hamilton County Schools
Closed Wednesday due to inclement weather.

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