Zeta: Post-storm openings, storm cancellations, closures

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  • The Commanding Officer, NAS Whiting Field, has ordered the All Clear and has set Tropical Cyclone Condition 5 for the installation.  All authorized personnel and patrons may access the base as of 12:00pm, Thursday, Oct. 29.  The Naval Branch Health Clinic, Fleet and Family Service Center,  and NEX will resume normal operations at that time. The NAS Whiting Field Commissary will resume normal operations at 12:30pm.  Morale Welfare and Recreation services will resume Friday, Oct. 30 as scheduled.
  • Following Hurricane Zeta, Naval Air Station Pensacola is now at Condition of Readiness (COR) V. All personnel with access to the installation may come onboard beginning at 10 a.m. today. COR V is our normal status during hurricane season. 
  • FEMA Mobile Registration Centers in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties will reopen Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 at 9 a.m. The centers had closed Wednesday and Thursday for severe weather.

UPDATE (6:00 AM Thursday) — The following is from the Mobile County Commissions Office:

As a result of Hurricane Zeta, numerous trees and power lines are down all over Mobile County.  Work crews are working to make roads safe and passable. 

For Thursday, October 29, county offices in Mobile Government Plaza, the Plaza Annex and the Courthouse will be CLOSED. Employees are to report to work for their normal work schedule on Friday, October 30.

With today, being the last day to apply for absentee ballots for the November 3 General Election, the Mobile County Absentee Voting Office will be open during normal business hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29. 

The Absentee Voting Office is located at 151 Government Street. Questions about in-person absentee voting should be directed to the Absentee Election Manager’s Office at (251) 574-6400.

Updates to Mobile County’s status will be posted on our social media pages – Facebook & Twitter: MobileCountyAL

The following is a list of cancellations and closures due to Zeta.

This list will be updated as new information comes in.


  • UMS-Wright will be closed Thursday.

All MCPSS schools will be in session on Wednesday, November 4, with the exception of the following schools:

  • Calcedeaver Elementary
  • Citronelle High
  • Lott Middle
  • McDavid-Jones Elementary
  • North Mobile K-8

  Updates will be provided throughout the week regarding the status of each school. 

  • Baldwin County Schools will dismiss at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. School will remain closed on Thursday. All after school care, sports and extracurricular activities are cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday. 
  • Archdiocese of Mobile Catholic Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties will remain open Wednesday, Oct. 28. However, all afterschool activities will be cancelled. The schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the storm.
  • All University of South Alabama classes scheduled to begin at noon or later on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and prior to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, will be conducted remotely.
  • All Escambia County (FL) schools and district offices will be closed on Thursday, October 29, 2020, expected to reopen Friday, October 30, 2020.
  • Washington County Schools will dismiss at 1:00 PM tomorrow (Wednesday) due to the threat of severe weather.
  • Gulf Shores City Schools will dismiss tomorrow, Wednesday October 28th at noon. There will be no school Thursday, October 29th.
  • Clarke County Schools closed through November 6th.
  • Santa Rosa District Schools Wednesday evening activities canceled, school to remain open Wednesday and Thursday.
  • George County School District students to return to school Wednesday, November 4th. Please contact your local school if you have additional questions or concerns regarding your student’s ability to return to school.
  • Greene County Schools will dismiss at 12:15 pm today. Tomorrow, October 29th will be a distance learning day. Assignments will be sent home today or added in Google Classroom. School is scheduled to return to normal on Friday, October 30th.
  • University of Mobile classes beginning at noon Wednesday, October 28 through Thursday, October 29 will move to an online format. All Wednesday evening university activities are canceled. Bedsole Commons and university staff offices will close at 4:30 pm on Wednesday. University dining hall will remain open with normal hours. Unless otherwise notified, university employees will report to campus at their regular time on Thursday. On-ground classes will resume in normal campus locations on Monday, November 2.
  • All campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College will close today at 1:30pm. The college will remain closed on Thursday, October 29.
  • St. James Episcopal School in Fairhope will dismiss at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and be closed on Thursday, October 29 due to Hurricane Zeta.
  • Pensacola Christian Academy will dismiss Grades 1-12 classes, after school activities, and ESD one hour early on Wednesday, October 28, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Zeta. Kindergarten will follow regular schedule, but Grades 1-12 will dismiss at 2 p.m. The early dismissal allows for the completion of bus routes prior to the arrival of strong winds, therefore all afternoon bus schedules will be one hour earlier than normal. Sports practices will end at 4 p.m. and Extended School Day will close at 4:30 p.m. Information regarding Thursday’s schedule will be communicated Wednesday.
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal School has released early dismissal information for Wednesday. Lower school classes will dismiss at 11:30. Grades 3 through 5 will dismiss at 11:45 and grades 6 through 12 will dismiss at noon.
  • Chickasaw City Schools will resume at regular times tomorrow, November 2, 2020.
  • All Pensacola State College offices, on-campus activities and face-to-face classes will be suspended at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to Hurricane Zeta. All online classes will proceed as scheduled. In the event that online classes are interrupted by a power outage or students are unable to attend due to some unforeseen event, students should contact their instructors to make up any missed assignments. All College activities will resume at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.
  • Pensacola Christian College classes that begin prior to 9:30 a.m. will not meet on Thursday. Classes will resume at 9:30 a.m. after safety assessments are complete.
  • Bayside Academy will open at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 29). This delayed start will give our administrative team and maintenance staff time to assess the campus following tonight’s storm.
  • Prichard Preparatory School will remain closed on Thursday, October 29, 2020 due to Hurricane Zeta. Plans are to resume its normal school schedule on Friday, October 30, 2020. 
  • Faith Academy will be closed for school Thursday.
  • Thomasville City Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. 


  • The Pensacola Interstate Fair will open Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Fair will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28, in anticipation of strong winds and heavy rainfall from Hurricane Zeta. Fair officials will monitor the storm’s track Wednesday to determine when it is safe to reopen again, but feel confident that the fair will reopen Thursday at 4 p.m.


  • The Mobile County Commission will close its offices in Mobile Government Plaza, the Plaza Annex and the Courthouse, effective at 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.  Mobile County’s Absentee Voting Office will remain open during normal business hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The deadline to apply for absentee ballots for the November 3 General Election is at 5:00 p.m., Thursday October 29, 2020. Mobile County offices will re-open on Thursday, October 29, and employees are to report to work for their normal work schedule.
  • The Wave Transit System will suspend Fixed Route and Mobility service on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:00p.m. and resume service on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7:00a.m., weather permitting.
  • ECAT (Escambia County Area Transit) will suspend all bus and UWF trolley service beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. ECAT will resume service when it is safe to do so. Riders may call 850-595-3228 or visit www.GoECAT.com for additional information.
  • Dauphin Island Water & Sewer will shut off water service to certain west end court streets, initially Seneca Court west, sometime later today. Depending on conditions, other areas could experience service interruptions as well.
  • First Judicial Circuit courts in Escambia County will close at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, due to anticipated effects from Tropical Storm Zeta.  Courts in Santa Rosa County will close at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  Court officials will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and will announce any closures for Thursday as soon as possible. 
  • Due to potential storm impact from Hurricane Zeta, the Department of Health in Okaloosa County COVID-19 testing sites scheduled on October 28, 2020 and October 29, 2020 are cancelled.  
  • FEMA Mobile Registration Centers in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties will close temporarily at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 as a precautionary measure for Hurricane Zeta. The centers will reopen when weather conditions permit.
  • All Mobile Community Action Head Start Centers and Community Services Centers will be closed on Wednesday October 28 due to Hurricane Zeta.
  • Mobile Museum of Art and offices will be closed to the public on Wednesday, October 28. The museum plans to reopen at 1 pm on Thursday, October 29.
  • Baldwin Courts will remain open FULL hours Wednesday as well as absentee voting at the courthouse in Bay Minette FULL hours Wednesday. Other county facilities closing at 1pm Wednesday, remain closed Thursday and resume Friday.
  • Bankhead Tunnel to close at 4 p.m. ahead of the predicted storm surge. Motorists should use an alternate route during the duration of the closure. The doors will be opened after the storm surge recedes.
  • Fairhope City Council voted in a special emergency meeting to declare a local state of emergency and authorize the closing of City buildings at noon Wednesday with closures to remain in place all day Thursday
  • City of Gulf Shores plans to shut down all City managed facilities and departments Wednesday, at 2 p.m. in preparation for Hurricane Zeta. Police, Fire, and other essential services will continue to operate to ensure public safety and health.
  • Mobile Municipal Court will still hold dockets on Wednesday morning, but traffic court scheduled for the 5 p.m. at the Expo Hall of the Mobile Civic Center has been canceled.
  • City of Mobile: There will be no garbage collection on Thursday October 29th. Make up for garbage will occur on Saturday October 31st. Citizens are reminded to secure trash cans ahead of the storm
  • Ingalls will suspend all production work in Pascagoula at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, October 28th, in addition to the previously announced suspension of operations in all facilities for the second and third shifts on Wednesday, October 28th, and the first shift on Thursday, October 29th. Only those employees specifically instructed to report for work during this period should do so. Additionally, all salaried employees, including those working in the UNO Facility in Louisiana, will be dismissed at 12 Noon today. Those employees currently working remotely, or who are able to do so, should continue day-to-day business as usual from offsite, if safely possible. Ingalls plans to resume normal operations beginning with the second shift on Thursday, October 29th, and all employees who are able to safely commute at that time should report to work on their regular shift schedules. Ingalls will provide updates with regard to additional work schedule changes, if necessary.
  • Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be closed on Thursday, October 29. The Gardens and Home will reopen with normal hours at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 30.
  • Jackson County Government offices will be CLOSED Thursday due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Zeta. At this time, they plan to resume normal business hours on Friday, October 30.
  • Austal day shift closed tomorrow. 2nd shift to report to work at normal time.


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