Okaloosa Schools closed Monday due to weather safety concerns

On Sunday afternoon, the Okaloosa County School District cancelled school for Monday, August 30th due to weather safety concerns from Hurricane Ida.

According to Superintendent Marcus Chambers, this decisions comes after Okaloosa County Public Safety Director, Patrick Maddox, could not say for certain that Okaloosa County would not be under tropical storms force winds or gusts, as well as tornado warnings throughout Monday.

“We have been in regular contact with the Okaloosa County Director of Public Safety Patrick Maddox throughout the weekend tracking Hurricane Ida,” said Chambers on Sunday afternoon. “And although our county was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Ida, Director Maddox cannot rule out the possibility of Tropical Storm force gusts in the 40-50 mph range on Monday as well as extensive rain bands that would could lead to flooding and make travel difficult or potentially dangerous in many areas of the county.”

According to Maddox, the potential for tornadoes continues into tomorrow as well.

Okaloosa schools and all school-related activities will be cancelled on Monday, August 30th.

“The School District will continue to work with the county’s emergency operations center to monitor the impact of Hurricane Ida,” continued Chambers.

Schools and school activities are expected to reopen on Tuesday.

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