Gulf County Schools closed Thursday

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The Gulf County Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 9, due to an impending tropical storm.

In a statement released by Superintendent Jim Norton, he said that the National Hurricane Center has placed the area under a tropical storm warning as it is in the direct path of Tropical Storm Mindy.  

"With the storm intensifying in strength and pointed in our direction, the Gulf County Commissioners have declared a local state of emergency for our area," Norton said. "We once again find ourselves forced to take precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.   

"With many of our roadways in poor condition due to the continued rain and the danger high winds pose for our buses as they cross over bridges, transporting students is impractical and perhaps dangerous," he said. "Additionally, the dead and damaged trees which are remnants of other recent storms, increase the likelihood of power outages.

"Therefore, in an abundance of caution, all Gulf County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, September 9.    While it seems Mother Nature may hold something of a grudge against our little community, it is important to focus on our many blessings, while we continue to hold our families close and safe," he said.

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