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Ahead of storms Laura and Marco possibly striking Texas, several schools in Southeast Texas have closed for the week or delayed start dates.
Schools have already had to adapt to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Tropical storms have thrown yet another curve in the fall semester.
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The Beaumont Enterprise reports that these schools and school districts have been affected by potential storms in the area:
- Bob Hope Elementary: Start date delayed until Aug. 31 after being set for Aug. 24
- Bob Hope School Middle School: Start date delayed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8
- BHS High School: Starts Sept. 8
- Bridge City ISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- Christian Community School Orange: Closed Aug. 24-28
- Deweyville ISD: Campus is closed Aug. 24-28. Students will participate in remote learning.
- Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- Port Neches-Groves ISD: cancelled classes from Aug. 24-28
- Orangefield ISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- West Orange-Cove CISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- Vidor ISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- Legacy Christian Academy: Closed from Aug. 24-28
- Sabine Pass ISD: Closed from Aug. 24-28
The forecasts have changed dramatically over the weekend as tropical storms Laura and Marco have developed. Marco was initially expected to be more of a threat to the Houston area, but could be downgraded to a tropical depression by the time it reaches Houston early Wednesday.
Current projections say Tropical Storm Laura is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall somewhere between Galveston and central Louisiana late Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center will likely issue storm surge and hurricane watches ahead of the storm’s impact.
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Harris County officials are urging residents to prepare for the worst.
“Unfortunately the forecast changed yesterday, it’s changing today and it will change tomorrow — so we’re going to be prepared for whatever scenario it brings,” Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said Monday morning, the Houston Chronicle reported.