Storms delay schoolsPublished 6:59pm Monday, April 28, 2014
With severe storms hitting Tallapoosa County Monday and expected to do the same Tuesday evening, local schools took precautions.
Alexander City Schools and Tallapoosa County Schools pushed back the start of school two hours today in response to expected severe weather and thunderstorms late Monday night and early Tuesday evening.
Alexander City Schools Superintendent Darrell Cooper said the decision was made in order to take into account student and staff safety.
“Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our kids and our staff, and we just felt like with the possibility of severe weather during the time that we might be running buses in the morning that we would delay everything two hours Tuesday,” Cooper said. “All starting times and the beginning of all bus routes will be delayed two hours.”
Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joe Windle said the system also decided to move back the start of school in order to make sure students would be safe traveling to school.
“We’re going to delay the start of schools Tuesday for Tallapoosa County Schools until 10 a.m. We’ll run the buses about two hours later than normal, then we’ll begin school at 10 a.m.,” Windle said. “I think with the weather models that we looked at this morning (Monday) do it safely.”
John De Block, meteorologist with the National Weather Service center in Birmingham, said severe storms Monday night were the result of thunderstorms and super cells that developed in eastern Mississippi and moved into Alabama.
De Block said things should be calmer Tuesday morning, but motorists should still exercise caution when traveling.
“After 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, we’re not expecting threats to remain. But bear in mind that folks will need to be alert for the potential of washed out roadways,” De Block said. “We’re are expecting some heavy rainfall to occur with these thunderstorms, so there are some flash flooding concerns. There’s the possibility of power outages and trees and branches in roadways with these severe thunderstorms. Certainly, people should exercise care.”
De Block added that another severe storm could develop Tuesday night.
“We’re looking at another threat of severe weather for Tuesday up through midnight. For Alexander City, you’re looking at an 8 p.m. to midnight timeframe for that area to be at the greatest risk,” De Block said.