Wake County and other Triangle schools closing Thursday due to Hurricane Michael

Nearly a month after Hurricane Florence shut schools down for several days, all Triangle school systems will lose some more time Thursday due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Michael.

On Wednesday afternoon, Durham Public Schools, Johnston County schools, Orange County schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Wake County and Chatham County all announced they’ll be closed Thursday. Durham cited the “probability of travel conditions becoming unsafe during the school day” and Orange cited “expected heavy rains, high winds, and flooding.”

All extracurricular and athletic activities have been canceled Thursday in those districts.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning in 66 North Carolina counties as Hurricane Michael neared Florida as a Category 4 storm. The governor called it “a dreadful storm.”

“North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state,” Cooper said at a news conference.

The latest storm comes after most of the state’s school districts lost at least some time due to Hurricane Florence. State lawmakers passed legislation last week that lets school districts waive some of the lost days with the amount depending on if they were in a disaster area.

Wake County school officials say that students will not have to make up Thursday because schools have more than the 1,025 hours of annual instruction required each school year under state law.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui
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