Pinellas County announces school, office closures through Friday
Yep, it's that time again. Image via AP.

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Closures will start on Tuesday.

Pinellas County will be closing all district schools and offices starting Tuesday, with the closures continuing through Friday in preparation of Hurricane Ian. The closures also include all meetings, sports and extracurricular activities.

Makeup days will not be announced until after the storm, officials noted. More updates are expected to come throughout today and the remainder of the week.

While the county has not yet issued any mandatory evacuations, officials are urging residents to prepare and get out, especially those in areas prone to flooding.

The county is expected to start mandatory evacuations in the coming days, but for now, officials are allowing residents some flexibility before shutting down.

The areas the county is looking to evacuate include Level A, Level B, and Level C, emergency management director Cathie Perkins said at a Monday news conference. Perkins urged residents to check their evacuation zones, information that can be found here, as the county updated the map this year.

Perkins said that as the storm continues to shift more to the east, Pinellas County will feel more significant winds. At this point in time, she said, the county is planning for a Category 3 storm to hit.

One of the biggest challenges Pinellas County residents could face is flooding. With 10 to 15 inches of rain expected, Perkins advised those in areas prone to flooding to protect their homes, raise belongings and be prepared.

As for shelters, the county will begin to open general population shelters Monday night at 6 p.m., and continue to open additional shelters Tuesday morning. Perkins encouraged those that could stay with friends or family inland to do so.

The county is also actively working with hospitals and long term care facilities on evacuations. The county is asking that long term care facilities begin their evacuations Monday, and have already started seeing several hospitals start doing so.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Tom

    September 26, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    “Tropical 4 ocean twister inbound… looks like a good week to take out the boat.” – Tom Trump

    • Tom Impersonator

      September 27, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      ” Tom is a swell guy! I’d let him fuck my chicken” John
      “Tom once violated his mothers virginity” Uncle Tim
      “Tom thought it was a great idea until it lead to his demise” The Devil

  • Dianna Davis

    September 26, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Please know COUNTY Trained Cross Guard are hospital employees
    Not COAST GUARD Training
    For evacuation of Hospitals
    NOT ANY SANE PERSON I$$$$!!!!
    I$$$$$….IS IS IS
    EVACUATING THE SAFETY OF HOSPITALS

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