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York County region schools closed ahead of Hurricane Michael

NC Governor: ‘Make no mistake, Hurricane Michael is a dreadful storm’

NC Governor Roy Cooper tells reporters that "NC is staring down another powerful hurricane" in advance Hurricane Michael. Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.
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NC Governor Roy Cooper tells reporters that "NC is staring down another powerful hurricane" in advance Hurricane Michael. Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.

Rock Hill, Clover, Fort Mill and York schools are closed Thursday due to Hurricane Michael. After school programs are also canceled.

Schools in Chester and Lancaster counties also are closed.

A statement from the Rock Hill school district reads: “Advisories from the South Carolina Department of Education regulate when school buses can safely travel, and projected wind speeds throughout the day tomorrow exceed the levels set for safe bus travel. This decision has been made after consultation with York County Emergency Management, area school district leaders, and our on-call meteorologist.”

The Fort Mill school district announced late Wednesday that all schools are closed Thursday and all after school activities are canceled. Fort Mill Town offices are closed Thursday.

Rains expected to be “very heavy” Thursday from Hurricane Michael could drop as much as 6 inches on York, Chester and Lancaster counties, weather officials said.

The three counties are all under a flash flood watch and both York and Chester counties are under a tropical storm watch; wind gusts could reach 50 mph Thursday, officials said.

The Lancaster County School District is closed Thursday along with county offices due to the storm. All recreation activities, including after school events, are also canceled Thursday, according to the county.

The Chester County School District is also closed Thursday.

York Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Rock Hill, is also closed Thursday. Riverwalk Academy in Rock Hill is also closed.

York Technical College, Winthrop University and Clinton College had not made any closing announcements as of Wednesday afternoon.

Winds howl as Hurricane Michael makes landfall east of Panama City Beach on Oct. 10, 2018.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082; @amanda_d_harris
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