CCSD monitoring Hermine, will make decision on Friday hours Thursday afternoon

CCSD monitoring Hermine, will make decision on Friday hours Thursday afternoon

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District has not yet decided whether schools will hold classes this Friday.

District leaders met at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the implications of severe weather possible as Tropical Storm Hermine makes its way to the Lowcountry, district spokesperson Andy Pruitt said.

"Early forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate that the worst of Tropical Storm Hermine could arrive in Charleston between noon and 7:00 p.m. on Friday," he said. "However, at this time, confidence levels for this forecast are only low to moderate with respect to conditions and timing."

District staff will meet Thursday at 12:45 p.m. to discuss plans for Friday and a decision on whether classes would be canceled is expected Thursday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., he said.

"Our primary concern is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff," Pruitt said. "We will do everything we can to make sure we live up to that responsibility with our decisions."

Earlier in the day, Charleston County officials suggested that residents who did not have to travel on Friday should stay home to avoid the potential flooding Hermine could cause. The National Hurricane Center has predicted the possibility of between four and eight inches of rain for coastal Georgia and the Carolinas with local amounts of 10 inches possible through Saturday morning.

That rain could cause flooding and flash flooding, forecasters say.

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