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Will the schools close for Irma? It depends on the governor

Workers remove items from the storm damaged Horry County Schools Transportation building behind Whittemore Park Middle School after Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Workers remove items from the storm damaged Horry County Schools Transportation building behind Whittemore Park Middle School after Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. jlee@thesunnews

Horry County does not have a time line of when it will cancel class and close schools. District spokesperson Teal Britton said it depends on the governor, who declared a state of emergency midday Wednesday.

“The big triggering event will likely come from an order from the governor,” said Britton, who added that an evacuation order would close all schools.

“Evacuation kind of mandates that for two reasons,” she said. “You’re supposed get out and if they open shelters, the shelters are the schools.”

If a mandatory evacuation order is given, 15 Horry County schools will be opened as shelters. All told, the schools can hold 13,416 people. The schools are:

  • Aynor middle, elementary and high schools
  • Blackwater Middle School
  • Conway High School
  • Green Sea Floyds elementary, middle and high school
  • Loris elementary, middle and high school
  • North Myrtle Beach High School
  • Palmetto Bay Elementary School
  • Pee Dee Elementary School
  • Whittemore Park Middle School

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Wednesday in preparation for the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, but state officials are still waiting to see what the storm does before ordering an evacuation.

In terms of extracurricular activities, Carolina Forest was first to move its football game up a day.

Originally scheduled for Friday night, athletic director Tripp Satterwhite said its game against Hoggard (N.C.) will now be played Thursday at 7 p.m.

"The weather itself was a concern of its own. But we wanted to make sure our players who have worked so hard can get this game in," Satterwhite said.

"The past few years we have had so many games rescheduled because of weather. We don't know if we'll be able to get this one in if kept scheduled on a Friday,” He said, “This is the best way to ensure that both teams get to play this week."

As of Wednesday evening, the Hoggard-Carolina Forest matchup is the only one planning to play on Thursday.

Christian Boschult: 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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