Hurricane Laura

Lizzie Quattlebaum, staff

Hurricane Laura

The weather got severe and a Tropical Storm Warning was issued. Hurricane Laura made landfall early last Thursday morning as a category 4 in Louisiana and entered into Arkansas by Thursday afternoon as a tropical storm. This resulted in the district releasing students early from classes due to projected heavy rain and unsafe winds. Upon release, all schools switched to blended learning for the remainder of the day.

“I like getting a break from school,” junior Leah Griffin said. 

The incoming rainfall could have been a danger to teen drivers.

  “I don’t like the rain because it gets the parking lots wet and it’s hard to drive,” senior Johnny Kee commented. 

The weather service warned citizens of 40 mile-per-hour winds and expected flooding in various local areas. A State of Emergency was issued by Governor Asa Hutchinson and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) worked to bring a team into the state to help with damages.

It was announced that school was to resume as normal Friday. Parents and students woke to a twitter post from Superintendent Tony Thurman. “Good Friday morning! We are OPEN on a regular schedule today! We have water over the roadway in our usual places. Call your principal if you are unable to safely make it to school.”