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Gulf Coast closings due to Nate

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Hurricane Nate is disrupting plans all along the Gulf Coast in the FOX10 News viewing area. Events are being canceled or rescheduled, and area universities and churches are among the institutions shutting down until Nate passes.

ALDOT announced Saturday morning that crews will close Bankhead Tunnel at approximately 7 a.m. Drivers must seek alternate route. 

Cottage Hill Baptist Church
, located at Cottage Hill and Demotropolis, is cancelling services tomorrow. Officials say they will be streaming a service online.  

Christ United Methodist Church Campus Closure: Due to the likelihood of Tropical Storm or Hurricane conditions forecast for this weekend, Christ United Methodist Church will be closed Sunday, October 8. All morning services and ministry events for that day are cancelled. We will be open normal operating hours on Monday, October 9.

Bethel AME Church, Mobile Sunday services are canceled on Sunday,  October 8th.

Redemption Church will not have worship services at either campus (Saraland and West Mobile) on Sunday.

Harvest Church plans on having their 11 a.m. service only on Sunday, October 8. Will not have 9 a.m. services.


Thriller Nights of Lights: Titan Light Show Inc. has announced that Thriller Nights of Lights will be closed Saturday, October 7 with plans to reopen Sunday night.

The Pumpkin Patch at Christ UMC: The Pumpkin Patch will closed down at 12:00 p.m. Saturday. We plan to resume normal operating hours on Monday at 9:00 a.m.

Mobile Greyhound Park: Officials with Mobile Greyhound Park said the park will be closing for business at the end of Friday's business day and remain closed until the warning has been lifted.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home: Due to the concerns regarding Tropical Storm Nate, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The Gardens and Homes will reopen with normal hours at 8 a.m.on Monday, October 9.

City of Gulf Shores: In the city of Gulf Shores, beginning Saturday the following areas will be closed to the public until further notice: Gulf waters, Gulf Shores public beaches and beach parking areas, Gulf State Park pier, all city facilities and the Jack Edwards National Airport (beginning at 6 p.m.) 

University of South Alabama: Due to the expected impact of Tropical Storm Nate on the Mobile area, the University of South Alabama is canceling all classes, labs and student activities on the main campus and all Baldwin County campuses for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Marx Library, Student Center and Student Recreation Center also will be closed. 

Students who live on campus will be permitted to stay in their residence halls. The Dining Hall will operate on a regular schedule, and University Police, Residence Hall staff and Maintenance staff will be on campus. The Student Health Center will be open for normal hours on Monday. 
In case of emergency, students should call USA Police at (251) 460-6312.

All non-essential University offices also will be closed on Monday. Employees with questions should check with their supervisors to determine if they will need to report to work. USA Health’s hospitals and clinics will operate on normal schedules. 

USA anticipates resuming a normal schedule on Tuesday. However, students and employees should monitor their email accounts for updates.

University of Mobile: Due to Tropical Storm Nate, the University of Mobile campus will be closed noon Saturday. Information on reopening campus will be posted on the university website at by 10 a.m. Monday. Classes are cancelled Monday. Unless notified otherwise on the UM website or UM Alert system, classes will resume Tuesday. Details at 

The University of West Florida announced it will shut down operations from noon Saturday through Monday. All classes, events and online courses are to be suspended during that time. Normal operations will begin again Tuesday.

The Baldwin County school system is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Nate. Officials say they are in close contact with emergency and county officials.

Superintendent Eddie Tyler said no announcement has been made to close school on Monday. If changes to schedules or school activities need to be made, they will be announced closer to the time period, he said.

Some schools in the FOX10 news viewing area will not be in session on Monday, but it's due to that day being Columbus Day. That includes Mobile County Public Schools, Saraland City Schools, Clarke County Public Schools and, Escambia County, Fla., schools.

For Satsuma City Schools, students will be on fall break Monday through Wednesday.

Mobile County Public Schools announced that Saturday activities -- with the exception of the SAT -- have been canceled. Friday night football is on. Wherever Nate makes landfall, the impact is expected to be over by Monday morning, MCPSS said in its announcement.that "Monday was already scheduled as a teacher work day, meaning students do not have class at all but one of our schools (Fonde). MCPSS plans to operate on its regular schedule Monday, with employees coming into work and with Fonde Elementary being in session." 

The Gulfport Music Festival is moving as many of its Saturday acts as possible to Friday. The festival will not operate on Saturday.

Gates will now open at 3 p.m. Friday, with the original Friday lineup starting an hour earlier than previously announced. Previously scheduled Saturday acts will follow that lineup, with Ludacris shutting down the festival. Details and a revised lineup are posted on the Gulfport Music Festival's Facebook page.

The BaseFEST concert at Naval Air Station (Pensacola scheduled for Saturday is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The Destin Seafood Festival is canceled. Organizers say they plan to have a tent set up on the harbor behind The Big Red Grill Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to sell posters and t-shirts.

The Luke 4:18 Fellowship at 2664 Sollie Road is canceling all activities on Sunday.

In Mississippi, Cruisin’ the Coast will be abbreciated because of Nate. Organizers say Friday events will go on as planned, but the weekend activities will be shortened. Sunday’s closing activities will be moved to Saturday at 9 a.m. Closing activities include prize giveaways, the drawing for the Make-A-Wish Raffle Truck, and the unveiling of the 2018 raffle vehicle.

More than 8,200 cars are registered for the 21st Annual Cruisin’ the Coast

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