Storm prompts closures, cancellations


The windows of Bud’s Grill are taped up Tuesday in preparation for Hurricane Florence in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As the Twin Counties brace for the expected impact of Hurricane Florence, most local schools are closing down and most weekend events have been canceled.

Area public schools are closing early today and will remain closed until at least Monday.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools will close two hours early today. School is canceled for Thursday and Friday.

The decision to close school is motivated by a desire to protect families and the need for some schools to serve as shelters in the coming days, Nash-Rocky Mount School Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Many of our families will begin evacuations from low-lying areas tomorrow,” Jefferies said. “The safety of our students, families and staff is our primary concern.”

Edgecombe County Public Schools will operate on a three-hour early dismissal schedule today, and all afternoon activities previously scheduled for this afternoon are canceled. Schools also will be closed for students and staff on Thursday and Friday.

“We encourage all of our Edgecombe County Public Schools families to follow the advice from our local authorities and state emergency management officials and make the safest choices for your family,” Susan Hoke, communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools said in a statement Tuesday.

Local charter schools are closing as well.

Rocky Mount Prep will close at 1 p.m. today and will remain closed Thursday and Friday.

North East Carolina Prep will dismiss at noon today and remain closed for the rest of the week.

Global Achievers School will close at 1:15 p.m. today and will stay closed till at least Monday.

Most private schools have announced closures as well.

Rocky Mount Academy will be open today and this evening’s activities will go on as scheduled. However, the school will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School will also operate on a normal schedule today but will close for the rest of the week.

New Life Christian Academy will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. today and will close on Thursday and Friday.

Faith Christian School has not yet announced closures.

All three area colleges have also announced closures in advance of the storm.

All classes will be canceled for today, Thursday and Friday at N.C. Wesleyan College. All weekend classes are also be canceled.

Classes at Edgecombe Community College are also canceled for today. However, college employees are expected to report to work from 8 a.m. to noon today. The college will be shut down on Thursday and Friday for students and staff. Weekend classes are also canceled.

Nash Community College and the Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center will operate on a normal schedule until 5 p.m. today but will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Weekend classes are also canceled.

Schools and colleges will make a decision about Monday classes later in the week depending on the impact of the hurricane.

The court calendar in both counties will also be affected by the storm. The Nash County Courthouse and the Edgecombe County Courthouse will be closed today and all court sessions are cancelled. No decision has yet been announced regarding Thursday and Friday.

State Department of Motor Vehicles offices in the Twin Counties will close at noon today and remain closed until further notice.

Some forms of transportation will be impacted by the approaching storm as well. 

Due to the potential for flooding and high winds, the city of Rocky Mount has cancelled all transit services for Friday and Saturday, including fixed route and para-transit services. Night shuttle service also is cancelled for Thursday and Friday.

Amtrak passenger train service traveling in and through North Carolina will be modified starting this morning in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Florence. For more passenger train information or to reschedule train travel, visit Amtrak.com, call 1-800-USA-RAIL, visit ncbytrain.org or call 1-800-BY-TRAIN.

Several events scheduled this week are also canceled because of the approach of Hurricane Florence.

Downtown Live!, which was scheduled to take place Thursday, has been canceled.

The 21st Down East Viking Football Classic has been canceled, including all related activities scheduled from today to Saturday. This is just the second time in the game’s history that the event been canceled because of hurricane conditions.

The Your Choice Resource Center Walk for Life slated for Saturday also has been canceled. In lieu of the event, the center will host a Walk for Life Open House from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Your Choice Resource Center.

Two pet-related events have also been canceled.

The Tar River Pet Fest scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to a later date. The tentative date is Nov. 10. 

The third annual Splash Bark event scheduled for Sunday also has been canceled.