Rain, wind force closure of St. Croix schools Thursday
Published: September 6, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Gabrielle caused the cancellation of classes for most St. Croix schools Thursday, but classes will resume today, according to education officials.
Education Department spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said the heavy winds, torrential rainfall and lightning that affected the island forced the cancellation, but as the weather continues to improve, officials expect that public schools on St. Croix will be open today.
St. Croix had received 2.16 inches of rain by 9 p.m. Thursday after receiving 0.38 inches of rain Wednesday, according to Weather Underground.
King Airport on St. Thomas had recorded 1.33 inches of rain by 9 p.m. Thursday after collecting 1.4 inches of rain Wednesday.
St. Croix Superintendent Gary Molloy met with district principals early Thursday afternoon to assess the state of the schools and to ensure that all of the campuses were safe for students and staff to return, Pancham said.
Some of the campuses were also affected by power outages on Water and Power Authority's feeders 6, 8 and 10, but Pancham said power service had been restored to the campuses that had been affected Thursday morning and that none of the school administrators reported any major problems that would result in cancellation of classes for a second day.
The power failure also closed the Health Department's Charles Harwood Complex on St. Croix, according to Government House. It is also expected to reopen today.
Pancham said the district's maintenance team was out at some of the schools working to address any issues that arose as a result of the weather and reports were favorable at the end of the day.
Barring an unlikely deterioration in the weather conditions today, Pancham said all school across the territory will be open and on a normal schedule today.
The department lists school closings on its website at www.vide.vi and on its Facebook page, Pancham said.
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