Good afternoon; school’s closed
With the National Weather Service's local forecast calling for wind gusts up to 50 mph and possible flash flooding, both Charlottesville City and Albemarle County will close schools early today.
"We wanted to make sure all students were home before weather conditions deteriorate further and that buses had completed their runs," said a source in Charlottesville School's Central Office, declining to be identified. Charlottesville elementary schools will close at 12:30, middle school at noon, and high school at 1pm.
Albemarle honchos came to the same conclusion. "Basically, this is an 'err on the caution of safety' situation," says Diane Behrens, executive director of support services for Albemarle schools. While Behrens says conditions were good this morning, by a few hours later she had received reports of trees down. "We had a power outage at one of our schools," she adds, "and we were concerned we'd have more of that as the wind got higher."
Albemarle Elementary schools closed at 11:30; middle and high school will be released at 1pm.
And, adds Behrens, there is some good news.
"We got our day in," she says, "so we don't have to make up the day."