By DEUCE NIVEN
With Hurricane Irma causing disruptions in a broad swath from Mississippi into the Carolinas and western Virginia Monday afternoon, her impacts were continuing to cause some closings, with officials expecting a return to normal in the greater Tabor-Loris Community by Tuesday.
Public schools in Columbus and Horry County are expected to open on schedule Tuesday, officials from both districts said. Students in Horry County will make up the day lost Monday on Oct. 9, a make-up day for Columbus County was not announced.
Conditions were expected to get worse Monday evening, before getting better overnight, prompting Southeastern Community College to cancel all classes and activities after 5 p.m. Monday. SCC should return to its normal schedule Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Liz McLean said.
Columbus County government offices closed at 3 p.m. Monday to give employees time to get home ahead of worsening weather.
National Weather Service forecasts for the evening called for a wind advisory through midnight for the area, with sustained winds from 21 to 26 miles per hour, gusts as high as 43 MPH.
Thunderstorms after 7 p.m. have the potential of damaging winds with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible, the NWS said. Rain chances are about even this afternoon, 90 percent overnight through about noon Tuesday, then drop to about 20 percent Tuesday night, the NWS said.
Updates will be posted here as warranted, with the full story on Irma’s impact on the Tabor-Loris Community in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.