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Schools still monitoring storm

POSTED: September 10, 2017 12:37 p.m.

Bryan County Schools officials say they continue to monitor Hurricane Irma's impacts on the area, but have not made a decision yet beyond Tuesday.

Superintendent Paul Brooksher announced Thursday that classes would be canceled Friday, Monday and Tuesday, and all extracurricular events also were called off.

"We continue to monitor the storm in an effort to assess its actual path and impact," he said. "We are aware that families may have evacuated into the path of the storm and this may impact their return."

Brooksher said the district will take that into consideration as they make a decision regarding future school closures.

Bryan County Schools were closed the week after Hurricane Matthew last October as staff and families who evacuated made their way back and damage to schools was assessed.

Bryan County is expected to experience tropical storm wind gusts of 50 mph or higher tonight and tomorrow, along with up to 10 inches of rain and potential flooding along the coast and the Ogeechee River.

The city of Richmond Hill has put a curfew in place for 7 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Officials are asking those who evacuated not to return until the storm has passed and damage can be reviewed, including downed trees that could block roads and destroy power lines.

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