Severe weather expected, schools remain open

Another round of severe weather is expected Wednesday, April 5, beginning in the early morning hours and continuing through early afternoon.

Jack Cullen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, indicated the storms would begin near the coast and then move inward and east in the afternoon.

Currently Santa Rosa County is under a “moderate” risk for severe weather tomorrow, and Cullen says that is rare for our area. That ranking only happens once or twice a year.

“Under a moderate risk you should prepare for large hail, possible tornadoes, lightening, damaging straight-line winds and localized heavy rain,” Cullen said.

Ahead of the storms, the Santa Rosa County School District issued the following statement:

The National Weather Service has issued a briefing on the weather tomorrow. Northwest Florida will experience severe weather including dangerous winds, lightening and local flooding. In conjunction with our local Emergency Operations we are issuing this advisory for parents. Timing of the system is unsure but currently the system will arrive mid-morning and will last until early evening. We will convene school tomorrow but will cancel field trips during the day. At present, our greatest threat will be in the afternoon bus delivery and schools will be communicating through Ed Connect Phone and email delivery system. Afternoon activities will be determined later tomorrow. Please remain connected to local media as the arrival of this system is subject to change.  Thank you for your patience.

 Sent on behalf of Tim Wyrosdick, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Rosa District



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