The Beaufort County School District canceled school Friday because of Tropical Storm Andrea.
Beaufort County Emergency Management says it has increased its readiness for the storm, bracing for sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph and 3 to 5 inches of rain, according to a news release today.
Beaufort High School's graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight will be held indoors in the school's gymnasium. Whale Branch Early College High School's graduation will be at 7 p.m. Friday as planned.
Students will have to makeup Friday's half-day on Monday. Summer break starts after school lets out.
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The storm's effect should be felt starting late tonight and into early Friday morning, the Beaufort County news release said, citing National Weather Service forecasts.
"The area is already saturated with rain so we are asking the public to take precautionary measures for the amount of rain we may receive," Beaufort County Emergency Management Director Todd Ferguson said. "Those measures include moving lawn furniture and any other objects that could be hazardous with the presence of strong winds. We are also asking those who live in mobile homes, especially raised mobile homes, to think about relocating to a more substantial structure."
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Beaufort County. Flash flood warnings also have been issued for parts of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, including Beaufort County.
Beaufort County Emergency Management and Hilton Head Island Emergency Management will be following the storm throughout the day and night will receive updates from the National Weather Service when necessary.
SCHOOL MAKEUP DAY
Friday's half-day schedule will be made up on Monday using a "weather makeup day" built into the district's 2012-13 calendar for such a purpose, said acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm. State law requires 180 days of instruction, and Friday was to have been the 180th day of the district's school year.
Monday's half-day schedule will begin at each school's regular start time, and buses will run on their normal schedules. Middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m., and elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30.
About a half-dozen schools had promotion ceremonies scheduled for Friday that will now be Monday, and Rosswurm said that teachers would need the final day of school to finalize their records with students, according to a district news release.