Hillsborough public schools will reopen Wednesday

Here are the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian along with tips on how to get through the storm.


UPDATE: All Hillsborough schools will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 3 for Hurricane Dorian. Find a full list of hurricane shelters in Tampa Bay here.

As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, there are many questions. Here are some answers.

Will there be school on Wednesday?

“Schools and district offices will be open on their normal schedules Wednesday,” according to Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Facebook.

What about after school activities?

HCPS athletic activities will resume Wednesday.

How will the storm affect the Tampa Bay area?

ABC Action News reported Friday that “…because the hurricane is slow-moving, it will likely be a multi-day storm with prolonged periods of hurricane conditions, storm surge and heavy rain in Florida and parts of the Southeast.”

Dorian is forecast to hit Florida as a Category 4 storm, and reach speeds of over 140 mph.  “If the storm makes landfall on or east coast, the weather in the Tampa Bay area will depend on where it makes landfall and how fast it is moving,” Fox 13 meteorologist Paul Dellegatto reported Thursday afternoon.

What can I do to prepare?

If you are planning to stay home during Hurricane Dorian, it is important to prepare for the worst. Use these emergency tips to keep yourself and your family safe this Labor Day weekend.

Gather emergency supplies

Emergency supplies include:

  • 5 gallons of water per person (this should last three to five days)
  • Clean containers
  • Three to five days worth of non-perishable food items such as, canned beans, bread, crackers and peanut butter
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Towels
  • Blankets

Prepare a car for a quick get away

If an evacuation order is issued, make sure it is possible to get out of the area quickly and safely by having a full gas tank as well as a route for evacuation that avoids commonly flooded areas. Never ignore an order for evacuation.

Use Common Sense

No matter what surprising events Mother Earth throws our way, it is important to keep a level head.