In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Michael, schools and businesses in the FOX10 viewing area announced closures.
Coastal Alabama schools
Mobile County public schools are closed Tuesday and Wednesday for professional development days. Students return to class Thursday. Fonde Elementary school students, who have a year-round schedule, were originally scheduled to go back to class Wednesday, but instead will be closed Wednesday.
Baldwin County public schools will be closed Wednesday.
Baldwin County's superintendent, Eddie Tyler, said, "I am closing all schools and administrative offices Wed., Oct. 10, because of tropical force winds from the hurricane. I expect schools will reopen Thursday. After school child care will not be offered Wednesday afternoon. We will experience tropical force wind. We have more than 15,000 students traveling approx. 16,000 miles daily. We will not put them at risk. Thank you for allowing me to update you. Stay weather alert."
Chickasaw School System: Will be closed Wednesday. Classes will be back in session on Thursday.
All Catholic schools in Mobile County will be in session Wednesday with operating hours as normal. All Catholic schools in Baldwin County will be closed Wednesday.
Bayside Academy in Daphne will be closed Wednesday due to Hurricane Michael.
All Bishop State classes for Wednesday, October 10, 2018, are canceled. The campus will remain open, and all essential employees should report for duty. Please stay safe and weather aware during these times.
For the latest updates, be sure to monitor the Bishop State website and social media pages.
Monroe County public schools
Due to Hurricane Michael, Monroe County schools canceled school for Wednesday and will resume school on Thursday.
University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama is extending the Oct. 11-12 fall break and canceling all classes and student activities for Wednesday to accommodate students who have travel plans that may be impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Classes will resume on Saturday.
College of Medicine classes are canceled for Wednesday and will be held as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Skills Intensives, coordinated by the USA Simulation Program, will meet as scheduled on Thursday and Friday. Updates pertaining to this session will be emailed directly to students.
All University administrative offices will be open on Wednesday, and employees should report to work as scheduled. All USA Health facilities will operate on a normal schedule. Employees concerned about safe travel to and from campus should consult with their supervisors.
USA recommends that students exercise caution in considering whether to travel to areas that may be impacted by the storm. The USA administration recommends that all students and employees review the hurricane and emergency communications information on the USA website at southalabama.edu/alert. In addition, now is a good time to review your personal hurricane preparedness plans.
The Shrimp Festival will be closed for the entirety of Thursday. The annual festival in Gulf Shores will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, according to organizers.
Due to approaching inclement weather, the shops and restaurants at The Wharf in Orange Beach closed at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Tenants have the option of being closed Wednesday.
The following closings affect Floridians:
Santa Rosa District
Santa Rosa District schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. School officials say a decision on school operation for Thursday, October 11 will be announced on Wednesday.
Please continue to monitor the district website and local media outlets for updates, as any change to the current forecast track will necessitate changes to the current plan of action.
Escambia County School District, Florida
Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas announced that school were in session for a half-day early release schedule on Tuesday, in order to allow families and staff ample time to prepare for Hurricane Michael. Schools will also be closed on Wednesday; all extracurricular activities were canceled as well for both dates.
Pensacola State College
All Pensacola State College campuses and centers closed at noon on Tuesda and will remain closed through Wednesday. This closure applies to all offices, classes, evening classes, and online classes.
Florida Forest Service offices closing throughout Blackwater Forestry Center
In anticipation of Hurricane Michael, the Florida Forest Service is shutting down its operations, offices, recreation and day-use areas in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties starting Tuesday. The closure will last through close of business Thursday.
All campgrounds, trails, swimming lakes, day-use areas and offices are included in this closure.
For more information on Hurricane Michael, please check with your local emergency management agency.
City of Milton
City Hall will close Tuesday at noon for all non-essential personnel and will re-open on Thursday.
City garbage services discontinued at noon Tuesday and will resume Thursday on a normal schedule.
Santa Rosa Commission
The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners will not meet on Wednesday as previously scheduled. The meeting has been cancelled due to Hurricane Michael.
VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center
The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's Joint Ambulatory Care Center will be closed Wednesday due to the pending landfall of Hurricane Michael.
The GCVHCS's outpatient clinics near Eglin Air Force Base and in Panama City Beach are also closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
All cancelled appointments will be rescheduled.
By order of the installation commander, Col. Michael Conley, Hurlburt Field closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday due to potential weather conditions from Hurricane Michael. All civilian employees and military members, except those in mission essential positions required to provide essential services, are excused from duty until further notice. Civilian employees and military members must stay in contact with their chain of command.
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Corry Station and Saufley Field curtailed normal operations and close the installations to all visitors and non-critical personnel at 2 p.m. Tuesday. NASP Child Development Center, Youth Center, Navy Exchange and Commissary closed Tuesday at 6 p.m.
All facilities onboard the base will remain closed through Wednesday.
All Mobile Community Action: Offices will be closed Wednesday. This includes the main office, head start and community services centers.
Prodisee Pantry: Is closed due to Hurricane Michael. All volunteer activities are cancelled. It will re-open on Thursday at 8 a.m. if conditions allow. Prodisee Pantry follows the lead of the Baldwin County Schools when it comes to closing.