Public schools, state colleges and universities in some areas are closing this week as Florida braces for Hurricane Ian.
The state Department of Education website indicated most closures planned as of Monday morning were in the Tampa Bay area, as the storm’s track was projected to take an eastward bend toward the region.
Hillsborough County schools will be closed Monday through Thursday, while schools in Pasco and Pinellas counties will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the state website. Hernando County schools will be closed Tuesday through Thursday.
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Citrus County has been determined to close schools Wednesday and Thursday.
Lake County schools will have early dismissal on Tuesday, and will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, Hillsborough Community College will be closed Tuesday through Thursday, St. Petersburg College will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will be closed Tuesday through Friday.
The University of South Florida canceled classes from Monday through Thursday, while New College of Florida canceled classes all week, according to the Department of Education.
The agency said it will continue publishing updates on its website about school closures related to the hurricane.
Gov. Ron DeSantis over the weekend declared a state of emergency for all Florida’s counties.