South Carolina

Midlands closings, cancellations ahead of Hurricane Michael

Schools, organizations and businesses across South Carolina have announced plans to close Thursday ahead of Hurricane Michael.

The storm was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday and is expected to bring high winds and possible heavy rain to the Midlands area Thursday.

Closings

The South Carolina State Fair will be closed Thursday.

▪ Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed Thursday.

▪ Richland County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ City of Columbia offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Town of Irmo offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ All Irmo town parks are closed until further notice.

▪ The Savannah River Site will be closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday to non-essential personnel, according to an SRS release. Essential personnel reporting for the Wednesday night shift should be prepared to stay for 24 hours.

▪ Fort Jackson said Thursday morning that it is “exercising liberal leave” for on-post personnel, and encouraged people not to place themselves in danger traveling to work.

▪ Congaree National Park closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed until further notice, which includes all facilities, campgrounds, trails and canoe landings, the park said in a Facebook post.

▪ The Cayce River Walk and Guignard Park will be closed Thursday.

▪ All movable bridges will be closed to marine traffic at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

▪ City of Columbia trash collection canceled on Thursday, will resume Friday.

▪ Lexington County Waste and Recycling Collection will be delayed by one day starting Thursday (i.e. Thursday collection picked up Friday, Friday collection picked up on Saturday, etc.).

▪ Town of Lexington Waste and Recycling Collection will be delayed by one day starting Thursday (i.e. Thursday collection picked up Friday, Friday collection picked up on Saturday, etc.).

▪ The South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, has been rescheduled for Friday at the same time.

Schools

▪ The University of South Carolina and schools in Richland School Districts One and Two were among the latest S.C. districts to announce closures for Thursday.

▪ Aiken County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Allendale County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Bamberg School District One schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Bamberg School District Two schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Barnwell County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Beaufort County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Berkeley County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Calhoun County School District will dismiss students early on Wednesday and close Thursday.

▪ Charleston County schools will be closed Thursday and will resume normal operations Friday.

▪ Colleton County schools will be closed Thursday, and district officials will determine by Thursday evening if classes will resume Friday.

▪ Dorchester School Districts 2 and 4 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Edgefield County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Florence County School Districts 2, 3 and 5 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Georgetown County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Greenville County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Greenwood County School District 52 schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Hampton School District 1 schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Horry County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Jasper County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Laurens County School District 56 schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lee County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington School District 1 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington School District 2 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington School District 3 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington School District 4 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington-Richland School District 5 schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Marion County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Marlboro County schools will be closed Thursday, and officials said that Friday, originally scheduled as fall break, will be the makeup day.

▪ McCormick County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Newberry County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Orangeburg County School District 3 will dismiss early Wednesday and be closed Thursday.

▪ Orangeburg County School District 4 will dismiss early Wednesday and be closed Thursday.

▪ Orangeburg County School District 5 will dismiss early Wednesday and be closed Thursday.

▪ Richland One schools and administrative offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Richland School District Two is canceling school on Thursday.

▪ Saluda County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Spartanburg County school districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be closed Thursday.

▪ Sumter School District said Wednesday morning that all schools and offices will be closed Thursday and reopen Friday.

▪ Union County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ York County schools will be closed Thursday.

▪ Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia is closing at noon Wednesday and will be closed Thursday.

Colleges

▪ University of South Carolina in Columbia will be closed and classes canceled Thursday, but essential campus functions like food service, housing & the health center will continue to operate.

▪ Benedict College will be closed Thursday.

▪ Midlands Tech will close its campuses on Thursday

▪ Columbia College will be closed and classes are canceled on Thursday, but residence halls and the dining hall will remain open.

▪ Clemson University said its Charleston campuses will be closed Thursday.

▪ The University of South Carolina-Beaufort has canceled classes at its Beaufort and Bluffton campuses for Thursday.

▪ USC Aiken has canceled all classes for Thursday and all activities from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. Essential personnel are to report at 11 a.m. Thursday.

▪ Claflin University in Orangeburg will be closed Wednesday and Thursday and will resume normal operations Friday, the university announced Tuesday evening.

▪ S.C. State University, also in Orangeburg, will be closed Thursday and resume normal operations Friday.

▪ South University in Columbia will be closed Thursday.

▪ Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Government Offices

▪ Allendale County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Bamberg County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Barnwell County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Beaufort County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Berkeley County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Calhoun County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Charleston County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Chesterfield County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Clarendon County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Colleton County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Dillon County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Dorchester County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Fairfield County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Florence County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Hampton County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Kershaw County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lancaster County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lee County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Lexington County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Marlboro County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ McCormick County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Orangeburg County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Richland County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Saluda County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Sumter County offices will be closed Thursday.

▪ Williamsburg County offices will be closed Thursday.

This story will be updated as more closings are added.

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