SALLY: the Road to Recovery: Closing for schools, organizations, and roads

Mobile County

UPDATE (12:00 PM SUN) — Chickasaw City Schools will return to school tomorrow at regular times.

UPDATE (11:53 AM SUN) — Santa Rosa County schools reopen Monday

UPDATE (10:41 AM SUN) — Escambia County Florida schools closed through Tuesday.

UPDATE (11:36 AM FRI) — Baldwin County Public schools to remain closed and possibly reopen Wednesday an update will be provided Monday.


I hope you are doing well, your family is safe and you have found enough energy to do the cleaning that we all need to be doing right now. I want to let you know that I am extending school cancelation to include Monday and Tuesday.

We’ve had several Emergency Management updates over the last few days and while it appears Baldwin County is making progress in restoring power and clearing the roadways, it does not appear all will be restored by Monday. Unless we have power at all of our schools, I cannot reopen our campuses.

I’m extending our school cancelation through Monday and Tuesday. This cancelation applies to all classes, After School Care, extra-curricular activities as well as athletic practices and games. I will provide you an update about possibly returning to school on Wednesday no later than 5 p.m. on Monday. Please note, this also includes the Virtual School.

I have seen so many pictures of our students out working in their own yards and helping others in their community. It is so heartwarming to see our community come together to help each other. There’s nothing about a hurricane I like or enjoy but realizing the learning opportunity these young people have to understand the benefits and satisfaction of helping others is one of the few uplifting moments in a disaster like this.

Please continue to stay safe, help others and remain aware of the coronavirus that is still out there within our community. You will be hearing from me again soon.

UPDATE (7:08 PM THUR) — The following City of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed to the public Friday, Sept. 18 due to Hurricane Sally:

City offices are scheduled to reopen Monday, Sept. 21. City community resource centers  will reopen for mask and feeding programs only on Monday, Sept. 21, provided power has been restored to the facilities. 

UPDATE (6:12 PM THUR) — Conecuh County Schools will be closed Friday, September 18, 2020. Remote learning is scheduled to resume Monday, September 21, 2020, 8:00 AM.

UPDATE (6:05 PM THUR) — All Santa Rosa County offices will remain closed on Fri., Sept. 18 with exception of the offices involved in response and recovery of Hurricane Sally. Offices are expected to reopen Mon., Sept. 21.

UPDATE (6:05 PM THUR) — The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections offices will remain closed to the public on Friday, September 18, 2020. Phones at the Crestview office will be staffed for any calls from voters. Updates will be posted to the Supervisor of Elections website,, and their Facebook page @okaloosacountysupervisorofelections.

unedited news release
UPDATE (3:36 PM THUR) — The Florida Highway Patrol, in consultation with the Florida Department of Transportation have closed the following roadways;

State Road 10 (US-90) from Fairchild Road to Four Lakes Road in Okaloosa County is closed.

State Road 8 (I-10) from State Road 85 (Exit-56) in Okaloosa County to State Road 285 (Exit-70) in Walton County is closed.

unedited news release
UPDATE (11:49 AM THUR) — Niceville – This is the Okaloosa County notification system.

Flooding along the Shoal River is expected to require the closure of Interstate 10 by the Florida Highway Patrol intermittently in both directions East of Crestview.

Closures may be for extended periods. Stay tuned to local news and for further information. Additional messages will be issued as needed. Thank yo

unedited news release
UPDATE (9:10 AM THUR) — All campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College will remain closed through Friday, September 18. College officials are monitoring area flooding and power outages to determine any changes to the schedule as we approach next week.

Unedited News Release
UPDATE (9:03 AM THUR) — PUEBLO, Colo. – Due to the ongoing impact of Hurricane Sally, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast event in Pensacola, Florida, originally scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at the Pensacola Bay Center has been postponed. The event will now take place on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 with a portion of ticket proceeds to be donated to organizations supporting those impacted by the hurricane. PBR encourages fans to hold onto their tickets, which will be honored for the rescheduled events. Any refunds will be issued from the original point of purchase. We appreciate the support and understanding of our fans, competitors, partners and staff.

Unedited News Release
UPDATE (8:52 AM THUR) –All campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College will remain closed through Friday, September 18.  College officials are monitoring area flooding and power outages to determine any further changes in the College schedule for next week.  Stay safe.

UPDATE (7:20 AM THUR) — Conecuh County schools will be closed Thursday and reopen Friday.

UPDATE (6:30 AM THUR) — Pensacola State College will remain closed until Monday, September 21.

UPDATE (7:56 PM) — The Garcon Point Bridge on State Road (S.R.) 281 in Santa Rosa County is closed until further notice to allow Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors to assess damage to the structure. Due to the closure of the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Garcon Point Bridge, motorists should utilize S.R. 87 as an alternate route. FDOT’s priority is to ensure the safety of the traveling public and will re-open the facilities only when they are deemed safe. For real-time traffic updates, please visit or on Twitter @MyFDOT.

UPDATE (6:19 PM) — All Airbus sites in Mobile closed on Thursday.

UPDATE (6:19 PM) — Because of conditions caused by Hurricane Sally, all non-essential City of Fort Walton Beach facilities will be closed and programs canceled for Thursday, Sept. 17, and Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Emergency and essential services will remain available to the public including police, fire and public works. City offices are scheduled to reopen to the public Monday, Sept. 21.

UPDATE (5:14 PM) — Austal will be closed on Thursday – both shifts.

UPDATE (5:14 PM) — Pensacola Christian Academy and Pensacola Christian College will be closed Thursday and Friday.

UPDATE (4:49 PM) — A 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been issued for Escambia County due to Hurricane Sally, effective at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 16. This curfew includes the City of Pensacola. 

The curfew will remain in effect until Friday, Sept. 18, when it will be reassessed. 

Law enforcement will have roadblocks in place at some major roadways. The City of Pensacola is relying on voluntary compliance, and residents will be expected to follow the curfew. 

UPDATE (4:25 PM) — The city of Bay Minette has imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.

UPDATE (4:09 PM) — USA Health physician offices with electrical power service, including Mitchell Cancer Institute facilities, will reopen on Sept. 17.  Offices without power service will call patients to reschedule appointments.  

University Hospital will be on a limited surgical schedule and patients should check with their physicians. Children’s & Women’s Hospital will be on a full surgical schedule. 

USA Health’s COVID testing center at the Mobile Civic Center will reopen on Sept. 17.

UPDATE (3:56 PM) — Due to the impact of Hurricane Sally on the Mobile region, the University of South Alabama is extending the cancellation of classes and events through Friday, Sept. 18. No online or in-person classes, events or activities will be held today, tomorrow or Friday.

UPDATE (3:51 PM) — School officials of the Mobile Area Education Foundation (MAEF) Public Charter Schools, Inc.  continue to closely monitor the aftermath of Hurricane Sally and have decided to cancel day and evening classes at ACCEL Day and Evening Academy on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18.  

Day and evening classes at ACCEL Day and Evening Academy will resume on Monday, September 21, 2020. School officials will provide additional updates as the situation evolves. 

UPDATE (3:47 PM) — The City of Mobile has implemented a city-wide curfew effective tonight. 7 p.m. til 6 a.m. 

UPDATE (3:40 PM) — Baldwin County Sheriff Hoss Mack has imposed a curfew for the unincorporated areas in Baldwin County tonight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday due to down power lines, impassible roads and flooding. Everyone should stay off the roadways to allow public safety and utility companies to conduct their operations.

UPDATE: (3:39 PM) — The City of Fairhope is putting a curfew in place effective starting tonight, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

UPDATE (3:19 PM) — All online and in-person classes, events, and activities scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020 have been canceled at Bishop State Community College.

UPDATE (2:51 PM) — Prichard Preparatory School will not have face-to-face or virtual classes on Thursday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 18. 

UPDATE: (2:30 PM) — The University of West Florida will be closed through the weekend with plans to reopen on Monday morning.

Press release

The University will be closed until Monday, September 21 through 4:59 a.m. to allow the University to assess damage and begin the cleanup process at UWF locations and allow the UWF community time to begin their recovery efforts.

All courses, including online courses, are cancelled. All assignments, exams, virtual and in-person courses are suspended during this time.
All virtual or in-person meetings, activities and services are suspended during this time.
Essential employees must report to work, as assigned. If you are essential personnel and required to report to work, your supervisor will notify you.

The University will resume operations at 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, unless otherwise notified by the University. 

The University community is advised not to travel unless it is absolutely critical at this time. Essential personnel will be permitted on campus and routed to the safest path. Power remains out on campus but will be restored as soon as possible. Gulf Power cannot provide estimated restoration times. Dining Services is in the process of preparing food for residential students.

The University communicates with students, faculty and staff via email, and the UWF Mobile Alert text messaging system. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit

To ensure you receive future University communications, confirm that your contact information is up-to-date in the University’s communication system, “Mobile Alert.” Log in to and search “Mobile Alert” to update and add contact information. To learn more about Mobile Alert, visit
University officials encourage students, faculty and staff to learn more about storm preparedness at Weather information is available by tuning into WUWF at 88.1FM or online at Updates from the National Weather Service are available at and

Unedited news release
UPDATE (2:25 PM) — Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that all offices and schools within the Escambia County School District will be closed Thursday, September 17, 2020, and Friday, September 18, 2020, due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sally.  “This storm has caused extensive damage and power outages throughout Escambia County,” states Superintendent Thomas, “with half of our student population utilizing Remote Learning, schools and homes across the county cannot resume instruction until power is restored.  This will also allow parents, families and employees to address the after effects of Hurricane Sally.” 

The School Board of Escambia County had previously rescheduled their September Regular Meeting, as well as their Special Meeting and Final Budget Hearing, to Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  It is important to note that both meetings have now been moved to Monday, September 21, 2020.  The Special School Board Meeting and Final Budget Hearing will be held at 5:01 p.m., in Room 160 at the J. E. Hall Center, 30 E. Texar Drive.  The September Regular School Board Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., also in Room 160, on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Superintendent Thomas will be providing updates to families and staff by automated telephone messages.  Parents and employees are encouraged to monitor district media sources, including the district website.   

For more information about the Escambia County School District, visit ECSD’s web page at Like ECSD on Facebook at To read about recent ECSD news and events or explore the photo albums and videos, go to Escambia Schools Public Relations on Facebook at Media queries about Escambia County School District topics should be directed to Kim Stefansson, at 850-393-0539 or
ECSD prc 09162020

UPDATE (1:13 PM) — George County Schools in Mississippi will reopen Thursday and Friday.

UPDATE (12:23 pm) — Chickasaw, Catholic Schools, and George County, Mississippi schools will all be closed tomorrow and Friday.

UPDATE (12:14 PM WED) — Gulf Shores schools will be closed Thursday and Friday. Gulf Shores High School’s Friday night’s game also has been canceled. More details on homecoming will come soon.

Unedited News Release
UPDATE (12:05 PM WED) — Currently, the state of Florida is closing a portion of Interstate 10 between the Alabama state line and Exit 5 (in Florida) due to flooding.  Eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 in Alabama will be detoured at the Baldwin Beach Express (Exit 49) and travel south to U.S. 90 (approximately five miles).  Traffic will then travel east on U.S. 90 and re-enter Interstate 10 at Exit 5 in Florida.

UPDATE (11:50 AM WED) — Pursuant to Executive Order 20-225, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Kevin J. Thibault has directed Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) to extend the toll suspension for the Garcon Point Bridge by 48 hours.

UPDATE (11:20 AM WED) — Mobile County Public School System released this statement to parents and employees regarding school effected by Hurricane Sally

“Due to widespread power outages and damage caused by Hurricane Sally, Mobile County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and Friday. We will resume our remote instruction on Monday, September 21. Also on Monday, we will welcome back to school only those students who receive special-education services who were originally scheduled to return on the 14th. All other students may opt to return to in-person learning between September 21 and October 12 based on the revised schedule emailed to you earlier this week. Thank you, and stay safe. “

UPDATE (10:52 AM WED) — All Airbus sites in Mobile will be closed Wednesday

UPDATE (8:00 AM WED) — Mobile Police Department will close I-10 Bayway bridge will be closed until driving conditions improve. The causeway will remain open.

UPDATE (7:59 AM WED) — University of Mobile has extended remote education through Thursday.

UPDATE (3:19 AM WED) — Shalimar Dr. between Plew Avenue and Sunset Beach Court, Old River Road at Cotton Creek Bridge, Eglin Pkwy in Shalimar area of Peppers and Raceway are all closed due to either flooding or downed trees in Okaloosa County Florida.

UPDATE (10:06 PM) — The WC Holmes Bridge in Gulf Shores, located on Highway 59 crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, is now closed due to excessive winds and dangerous weather conditions.

UPDATE (8:26 PM) — Santa Rosa County bridges such as the Three Mile Bridge and the Garcon Point Bridge are now closed, along with the Navarre Causeway.

UPDATE (8:03 PM) — City of Orange Beach curfew is effective from 8pm until 6am. Imperative to STAY OFF THE ROADS AND STAY HOME for the safety of you and the first responders.

Baldwin EMC and other utilities may not be able to respond to outages until winds decline.

UPDATE (7:20 PM): All bridges in Orange Beach are closed. The Foley Beach Express Toll Bridge and Navarre Causeway bridge are also closed.

The following roads in Gulf Shores are impassable or have large amounts of standing water:
– West Beach Boulevard and East Beach Boulevard outer lanes
– Windmill Ridge Road
– Sunrise Drive
– Minnow Lane
– Waterway West Blvd.
– West 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Avenue
– Twisted Oak Circle
– Heritage Drive
– Hwy 59 in front of Waterville
– West Fairway at the roundabout
– Ft. Morgan Road has large amounts of water in multiple areas
Please stay off of the roads, unless there is an emergency.

UPDATE (6:59 PM) — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Driver License Division began modifying operations on Monday, Sept. 14, in response to Hurricane Sally.

The following offices will be closed due to Hurricane Sally:

• Mobile Exam Offices: Will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16
• Baldwin County Exam Offices: Will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday,
Sept. 16

UPDATE (6:30 PM) — All Airbus day shift operations are closed Wednesday.

UPDATE (6:13 PM) — Austal USA is closed Wednesday.

UPDATE (5:52 PM): The University of South Alabama will now be closed Thursday in addition to Tuesday and Wednesday.

Student Information

Resident students who remain on campus should plan to continue to shelter in place and follow instructions from the Housing Office and Student Affairs. The dining hall closed at 1 p.m. today, and will be closed tomorrow. The dining hall will reopen Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The cancellation of all online and in-person classes, events and activities is extended through Thursday, Sept. 17. No classes, exams, events or activities will take place today, tomorrow, or Thursday.

Unless otherwise announced, all classes will resume on Friday, Sept. 18, and students should make plans to return to campus by Friday for scheduled in-person classes.

For resident students, USA Police will respond to emergency situations. Please call (251) 460-6312 in an emergency.

Employee Information

Essential employees should check with their supervisors to receive instructions about schedules and weather preparations.

Remote work for all non-essential employees will continue through Thursday, Sept. 18. All non-essential employees should plan to continue to work remotely today, tomorrow and Thursday, if they are able to do so.

Non-essential employees should not come to campus at this time, and should not plan to return to campus until Friday, so that facilities and maintenance crews can assess the campus and conduct any needed cleanup and repairs.

USA Health is implementing its severe weather plans, and health employees should check with their supervisors for information.

UPDATE (5:51 PM): Alabama ABC Stores in the following counties will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 due to inclement weather:

Mobile County – Stores 8, 10, 61, 62, 65, 84, 85, 86, 87, 93, 141, 164, 165, 181, 182, 196, & 234

Baldwin County – Stores 7, 21, 43, 67, 73, 105, 132, 179, 239, & 240

Escambia County – Stores 41 & 42

Clarke County – Store 75

Conecuh County – Store 123

Covington County – Store 40

UPDATE (4:04 PM) — All city facilities in Destin and Crestview, as well as county offices in Okaloosa, remain closed Wednesday.

UPDATE (3:45 PM) — All Dollar Tree stores in Mobile are closing at 5 PM, according to its manager.

UPDATE (2:59 PM) — The Alabama District announced a temporary closure of its operations in select locations, due to the approach of Hurricane Sally. The U.S. Postal Service apologizes for any inconvenience these temporary suspensions may cause its customers.

U.S. Postal Service employees are reminded to call the National Employee Emergency Hotline for updated information on work schedules and facility status.

For the full list, access the document below:

UPDATE (2:53 PM) —  In coordination with Okaloosa County, all non-essential City of Fort Walton Beach facilities will be closed and programs canceled for Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Emergency and essential services will remain available to the public.

UPDATE (1:50 PM) — Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge pursuant to Executive Order 20-224.

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise collects tolls for the Garcon Point Bridge. Tolls are suspended on the Garcon Point until noon Wednesday, September 16, 2020

UPDATE (1:39 PM) — Bishop State Community College will be closing all Mobile regions classes, offices, and events scheduled for Wednesday, September 16.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County Clinics and Services will remain closed on Wednesday.

Community Health Northwest Florida dental services at FDOH-Escambia’s Fairfield Drive Service Center will remain closed until Thursday and any appointments that needs to be rescheduled call 850-912-8880

UPDATE (11:56 pm) — George County, Mississippi schools will be closed Wednesday.

UPDATE (10:22 am) — Clarke County Schools will be closed Wednesday.

UPDATE (10:14 AM TUE) — Wave Transit system has canceled all fixed routs and Paratransits until Wednesday, September 17 due to Hurricane Sally.

UPDATE (10:08 am) — Several ABC stores in both Mobile and Baldwin Counties are closed due to the storm:

#132 (Wholesale) in Orange Beach
#239 in Orange Beach
#240 in Gulf Shores
#67 in Fairhope
#21 in Daphne

All other stores in Baldwin County will be open today from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In Mobile County, the following ABC stores are closed until further notice:

#164 in Mobile
#85 in Chickasaw
#61 in Saraland

All other stores in Mobile County will be open today from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

UPDATE (7:52 am) — Ingalls Shipbuilding will remain closed through Wednesday. Ingalls says it will continue to monitor the situation and will offer an update Wednesday afternoon.

To get the latest updated information on Ingalls’ operations, please continue to check the Ingalls Connect App, as well as the Ingalls Infoline, 1.877.871-2058.

UPDATE (6:25 a.m.) — Premier Medical offices in Mobile and Baldwin counties are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

UPDATE (8:51 p.m.): Due to the hazardous conditions expected in Mobile from the impact of Hurricane Sally, Mobile Community Action Inc. Administrative Office, its Head Start and Community Service centers will be closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020 and Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Normal operating hours will resume on Thursday, September 17,2020. Individuals with utility bill assistance appointments scheduled for those days will be notified and rescheduled.

For more information on Mobile Community Action’s Closings, please contact Harry McGadney at 251-457.5700 x1146 or email at

UPDATE (MONDAY 8:50 p.m.): Due to Hurricane Sally, ECAT (Escambia County Area Transit) will not run service Tuesday, Sept. 15. UWF Trolley service will be suspended Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. Riders may call 850-595-3228 beginning at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 with any questions related to this announcement.

UPDATE (MONDAY 6:29 p.m.): Prichard Preparatory School will remain closed Tuesday, September 15, through Wednesday, September 16. Traditional face-to-face classes and remote classes will not be held. Classes will resume on Thursday, September 17, 2020. 

UPDATE (MONDAY 6:11 p.m.): St. James Episcopal School in Fairhope will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to Hurricane Sally.

UPDATE (MONDAY 5:56 p.m.): MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Driver License Division is modifying operations effective Tuesday, Sept. 15, in response to Hurricane Sally.
The storm is expected to bring torrential rain and flooding to the state’s Gulf Coast region as
well as flash flooding to other parts of the state.
ALEA’s Secretary Hal Taylor said, “Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency ahead
of Hurricane Sally’s anticipated impact on our state. Our agency is preparing now to ensure the
safety of Alabama citizens and our Driver License employees. We apologize for any
inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and employees is one of our top priorities.”
The following offices will be closed due to Hurricane Sally:
• Mobile Exam Office: Will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16.
• Baldwin County Exam Offices: Will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday,
Sept. 16.
• Washington County Exam Office: Will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Driver License Division employees are working today, Sept. 14, to contact customers who may
have had appointments scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. As Hurricane Sally moves
inland, ALEA will continue to monitor the weather/conditions and adjust operations when
necessary, which may affect other locations throughout the state.
For additional information concerning ALEA’s Driver License Division and instructions on
using such online services as driver license renewal, please visit

UPDATE (MONDAY 5:52 p.m.): Pensacola, Fla. – Due to the potential for storm impact from Hurricane Sally, Escambia County buildings will be closed tomorrow, September 15, 2020. All offices of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) will be closed during this period.  FDOH-Escambia offices are currently scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at their regular time.

·       All FDOH-Escambia clinics, and other services provided by FDOH-Escambia, will be suspended Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Clients with appointments scheduled during this period may call 850-595-6500 when we reopen to reschedule their appointment.

·       Community Health Northwest Florida dental services at FDOH-Escambia’s Fairfield Drive Service Center will be closed Tuesday September 15, 2020 and are scheduled to  reopen Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Patients who have appointments in the dental clinic may call 850-912-8880 to reschedule.

·       All persons are encouraged to follow FDOH-Escambia on Twitter @HealthyEscambia and to monitor and local news media for updated information on hours and services.

UPDATE (MONDAY 5:51 p.m.): Faith Academy will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

UPDATE (MONDAY 5:13 p.m.): State courts in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. At this time, normal operations are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

Okaloosa and Walton County courts will remain OPEN. However, court officials are closely monitoring the progress of the storm, and any further decisions regarding court operations will be announced as soon as possible.

Escambia County:

First appearances, shelter hearings, and detention hearings will be held in the Juvenile Justice Center on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

Santa Rosa County:

Judge Hilliard will conduct first appearances by video from the courthouse at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Other Tuesday hearings are rescheduled as follows:

· County arraignments will be rescheduled to 8 a.m. on September 29.

· Delinquency hearings have been rescheduled to 9 a.m. on Friday, September 18.

Those persons with other scheduled matters should contact the Clerk of Court for additional information.

For further updates, please follow the First Circuit at or @1stCircuitFL. Information is also available at

UPDATE (MONDAY 4:37 p.m.)


WEATHER ALERT: The Mobile region is under a Hurricane Warning due to Hurricane Sally, which is now expected to have a significant impact on the Mobile area and the USA Campus.In preparation for the storm, resident students who are able to leave campus and safely travel home should do so immediately.The Housing Office will be closing the following residence halls: All fraternity and sorority houses; Delta 3, 4, 5 and 6; Gamma 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Resident students who are not able to leave campus will be sent instructions on sheltering in place from the Housing Office this afternoon.All classes, events and activities are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16. USA Libraries, the Student Center and the Student Recreation Center will be closed.Essential employees should check with their supervisors to receive instructions about schedules and weather preparations.All non-essential employees should plan to continue to work remotely on Tuesday and Wednesday if they are able to do so.USA Health is implementing its severe weather plans, and health employees should check with their supervisors for information.For resident students, USA Police will respond to emergency situations. Please call (251) 460-6312 in an emergency.The University will issue additional communications as needed. Information will be available from the following official University sources:* Email message to the University community* USA Weather and Emergency Hotline at 251-460-6999* USA Website,* USA Facebook and Twitter pages* USA Alert Mass Notification System and/or Public Address System

UPDATE (4:15 PM): The Escambia County Tax Collector’s office will be closed Tuesday, September 15, 2020 due to the potential of severe weather from Hurricane Sally.

We anticipate being able to reopen at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 16,  2020. Please check our website for the most current information.

Citizens are encouraged to visit our virtual office at to conduct most tax collector business 24 hours a day. Our Express Lane service allows customers to renew their registration online for their vehicle, boat or mobile home and pick it up when we reopen.

For more information, please visit us at, email or contact our call center.

UPDATE (4:01 PM): PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee announces Catholic school closures in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Bay Counties due to Hurricane Sally.  

The list of school cancellation dates are as follows:

Holy Spirit Child Development Academy, Pensacola (Sept. 15-16)

Little Flower Catholic School, Pensacola (Sept. 15-16)

Pensacola Catholic High School (Sept. 15-16)

Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Pensacola (Sept. 15-16)

St. Bernadette Child Development Academy, Panama City (Sept.15)

St. John the Evangelist School, Panama City (Sept.15)

St. John the Evangelist School, Pensacola (Sept. 15-16)

St. Mary Catholic School, Fort Walton Beach (Sept.15)

St. Paul Catholic School, Pensacola (Sept. 15-16)

UPDATE (3:49 PM): PENSACOLA AIRPORT: The Pensacola International Airport will close Monday at 6 p.m. to make preparations for Hurricane Sally. 

The airport will remain closed until weather conditions improve and allow for safe operation, according to the airport. 

Passengers with scheduled flights are directed to contact their airline for rescheduling. 

The airport will be closed to normal traffic during this closure and passengers will not be allowed to stay in the terminal building.

UPDATE (3:36 PM): FAIRHOPE, Alabama – The City of Fairhope has announced closings and plans in light of Hurricane Sally.
• The following buildings on Tuesday due to Hurricane Sally: City Hall, Public Works, Nix
Center, Museum, Welcome Center, Recreation Center, Quail Creek Golf Club. A determination
about Wednesday and further days this week will be made on a day-by-day basis and will be
disseminated as quickly as possible.
• The Fairhope Public Library will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
• Public Utilities and Public Works call center will be responding to calls from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Garbage and recycling will not be picked up on Tuesday; determination about other days this
week will be made on a day-by-day basis.
Check the City of Fairhope website and sign up for Everbridge notifications at and follow the City of Fairhope on Facebook.

UPDATE (3:17 PM): In preparation for expected impacts of Tropical Storm Sally to the Gulf Coast, The Wave Transit System will suspend Fixed Route and Paratransit service for Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The Wave will continue to closely monitor operations and make necessary adjustments to support the safety of transit operators and riders.

For additional information and updates, please visit The Waves website at

UPDATE (3:13 PM): All Greene County Schools will close on Tuesday, Sept. 15th and Wednesday, Sept. 16th.

UPDATE: (2:55 PM): FAIRHOPE, ALABAMA – Due to HURRICANE SALLY, Fairhope Municipal
Court will be postponing the SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 docket and rescheduling all cases to a later date.
Individuals will be notified by U.S. Mail at the last address provided to the court. Failure to update one’s contact information will not excuse a defendant from missing the rescheduled court and could ultimately result in a warrant of arrest.
Individuals may search for their new court dates on the Court’s online record search or by simply searching for “Fairhope Municipal Court” on Google. Fairhope Municipal Court only handles traffic citations and misdemeanor arrests made by the Fairhope Police Department.
To contact the court directly with questions or to update your contact info, please email or call 251-279-6237.

UPDATE (2:45 PM): All Pensacola State College locations, offices, classes and activities are canceled and the College will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 15. PSC plans to reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 16, but will continue to monitor the weather and send additional alerts if plans change. Go to for additional updates. Maintenance and security personnel should contact their supervisor for further instruction. 

UPDATE (2:42 PM): Due to Hurricane Sally, the City of Bay Minette will close many of its municipal operations Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16.
— Residential garbage service WILL run its regular Tuesday morning route.
— All emergency personnel will remain staffed, as well as essential Public Works crews.

— The City’s Public Works department has sand and bags available for businesses and residents of Bay Minette. These can be picked up from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today and 7:30 to 2 p.m.* Wednesday. The Public Works shop is at the end of East First Street. Sandbags are limited to up to 10 per resident or business. (*Dependent upon weather conditions)
— Residents are strongly encouraged to stay off the roadways, particularly in areas that typically flood during heavy rains.

For more information, call City Hall at 580-1619.

UPDATE (2:25 PM) — Fairhope garbage and recycling has been canceled for Tuesday, September 15 and will make a decision for the rest of the week on a day-by-day basis.

UPDATE (2:18 PM) — St. Luke’s Episcopal School will be closed Tuesday, September 15. No school-wide remote learning will not be applied. No decision has been made yet about Wednesday, September 16 as the school tracks Hurricane Sally.

UPDATE (2:06 PM) — Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be closed Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16.

UPDATE (2:03 PM) — Pascagoula-Gautier School District will be closed Tuesday, September 15 and will be closed on a day-to-day basis. Please stay tuned to the district website at

UPDATE (2:01 PM) — The city of Daphne municipal operations will be closed Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16. All emergency personnel will remain staffed and all essential public works crew.

UPDATE (1:58 PM) — The city of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday, September 15. Pickups for sanitation also has been updated.

City of Pensacola Sanitation customers will also experience a change in their pickup schedule this week due to Hurricane Sally:

  • City of Pensacola Sanitation Services will not operate on Tuesday, Sept. 15. 
  • Tuesday customers will receive service on Wednesday, Sept. 16, weather permitting. 
  • Wednesday customers will receive service on Thursday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. 
  • Thursday customers will receive service on Friday, Sept. 18, weather permitting. 
  • There will not be any yard waste pickup or special collections of bulk waste items this week for City of Pensacola Sanitation customers. 

UPDATE (1:57 PM) — SBCC has postponed Tuesday’s Job fair from September 15 due to Hurricane Sally and has rescheduled it for Thursday, September 24.

UPDATE (1:55 PM) — University of West Florida will be closed from midnight Tuesday, September 15 until 11:59 AM Thursday, September 17.

UPDATE (1:52 PM) — UMS-Wright will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

UPDATE (1:42 PM) — Coastal Family Health Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and reopening on Thursday, September 17 with normal hours. Patients can schedule appointments for reopening by calling 877-374-4991 or

UPDATE (1:40 PM) — Mobile City Council Meeting that was set for Tuesday, September 15 has been rescheduled. The meeting is now scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at 10:30 AM

UPDATE (1:37 PM) — Baldwin schools will be releasing students at 3 PM on Monday, September 14. Baldwin’s superintendent stated “As for the rest of the week, Baldwin County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16. This includes extended care, extracurricular activities, athletic games and practices. A decision for Thursday and Friday will come later as we evaluate the impacts to our area after the storm makes landfall.”

UPDATE (1:36 PM) — Pensacola Christian will be closed on Tuesday, September 15.

UPDATE (1:34 PM) — Bayside Academy will be closed Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday September 16.

UPDATE (10:15 a.m.) — Prodisee Pantry is cancelling Tuesday’s food distribution due to forecasted dangerous weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Sally.  All volunteer activities have been cancelled through Thursday, September 17th.  

UPDATE (10:00 am) — Due to the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Sally, Archdiocese of Mobile Catholic Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Archdiocese of Mobile will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates as needed.

UPDATE (9:55 a.m.) — Due to the impact of Tropical Storm Sally, Austal’s Main Campus Monday 2nd shift is cancelled and Austal West Campus will run a limited 2nd shift with identified personnel to complete storm prep.  All shifts are cancelled on Tuesday including office personnel, engineering and support.  All shifts are to resume normal operations on Wednesday.

UPDATE (9:40 am) — The University of Mobile will move to remote classes this afternoon at 1:30 pm. All classes will be remote on Tuesday.

UPDATE (9:38 am) — The George County School District has canceled classes for Tuesday, September 15th. All extracurricular classes are also canceled.

UPDATE (8:30 am) — All campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College will close at 2 p.m. today (Monday) and will remain closed through Wednesday.  However, online classes will continue to meet virtually.  On-campus activities and classes will resume on Thursday.

UPDATE (6:00 am) — The Rainbow Childcare Center on Holcombe Road in Mobile and Covenant Academy on Halls Mill Road will be closed today.

UPDATE (5:50 am) — Spring Hill College will have a modified schedule on Monday. Read the full release below.

As we prepare for the arrival of high rainfall due to Tropical Storm Sally late Monday and into Tuesday, Spring Hill College administration has made the decision to cancel classes on Monday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m. All classes before this time will meet as usual. Administration and staff offices will close at this time as well. Dining services will remain open and Tuesday classes will be conducted completely online. It is important to stay weather aware. Stay tuned to our social media accounts, email and RAVE alerts from Public Safety for information on updates, as we know conditions can change.

UPDATE (11:08 PM) All Pensacola State College locations, offices, classes and activities are canceled and the College will be closed on Monday

UPDATE (9:52PM) — Unedited press release from the University of West Florida

All in-person courses will be either canceled or offered remotely from noon tomorrow through Tuesday. Faculty will communicate directly with students regarding cancellation or remote format for in-person courses. 

All in-person courses scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 14 will be offered as regularly scheduled unless otherwise notified by your instructor. 

The Emerald Coast location in Fort Walton Beach is closed on Monday, Sept. 14. Services will be available remotely. 

UPDATE (9:46PM) — Unedited press release from Pensacola Christian College

Pensacola Christian Academy classes and all activities are canceled for Monday, September 14, because of Tropical Storm Sally. School is currently scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

UPDATE (9:31PM) — Pensacola State College classes and activities are canceled on Monday.

UPDATE (9:22PM) — Unedited press release from the City of Pensacola

The following City of Pensacola offices and facilities will be closed to the public Monday, Sept. 14 due to Tropical Storm Sally:

  • City of Pensacola administrative offices
  • City Hall


Stay tuned to Mayor Grover Robinson’s press conference on Monday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. for announcements about City of Pensacola services for the remainder of the week.

UPDATE (8:58 PM) —

BISHOP STATE:Due to the threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Sally, all Bishop State classes will move to remote learning and all non-essential employees will transition to remote work for Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. No in-person classes will be held. All events and activities are canceled for Monday and Tuesday. 

UPDATE (8:37 PM)

Pensacola Catholic Schools in Escambia County and Fort Walton Beach Closed September 14, 2020, due to Tropical Storm Sally

PENSACOLA, FL (September 13, 2020) – Pensacola Catholic Schools in Escambia County and Fort Walton Beach will be closed September 14, 2020, due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Sally.

UPDATE (8:12PM) — Unedited press release from Escambia County School District

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has announced that based on recent Emergency Operations Center (EOC) updates indicating wind and rain will be in the area earlier than expected. 

Superintendent Thomas states “The National Weather Service and our local EOC has advised Escambia County may experience tropical storm winds as early as 6:00 a.m. Monday morning, creating unsafe conditions for travel.  Based on this advisory, “All Escambia County (FL) public schools and offices will be closed Monday, September 14, 2020.

The district will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Sally, working along with the EOC, as the safety and welfare of our students and staff is paramount.”

As the storm’s track continues, updates and announcements will be made via local media, through School Messenger calls, as well as on the school district website. 

UPDATE (8:10PM) — Unedited press release from MCPSS

Due to the threat of severe weather conditions tomorrow, which will present connectivity issues, as well as for the safety of our employees, all MCPSS campuses and offices will be closed on Monday, September 14, 2020. This encompasses all programs and activities associated with the school district, including remote learning.  

We will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout Monday, and we will inform you of decisions related to Tuesday. Please stay tuned to local media channels and our official MCPSS social media sites for updates.



As we are in the process of monitoring Tropical Storm Sally and the impact it may have on our area, we have determined it necessary to issue a 60% school day tomorrow, Monday, September 14. Please contact your local school for exact dismissal times. Also, all extracurricular activities will be canceled for Monday afternoon as well. Please be mindful that additional announcements regarding the status of schools on Tuesday will be made on Monday afternoon.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile County Public Schools are making some changes this upcoming week due to Tropical Storm Sally.

MCPSS sent the following message:

Due to Tropical Storm Sally, Mobile County Public Schools is delaying the start of school for our special-education students who were scheduled to return Monday to Wednesday, September 16, instead. We will also not distribute meals on Monday. Instead, you can pick up the free breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday at your school. MCPSS will continue offering instruction to all students this week. We are aware that there may be some internet connectivity issues, so we are asking for everyone’s patience and understanding as the storm passes. All MCPSS employees are to report to work on Monday. On Wednesday, MCPSS will welcome back a limited number of students who receive special-education services. The families of these students have been contacted by our Division of Special Services. If you have a child with special needs and have not been contacted, your child is invited to return to class based on the day his or her grade is scheduled to return (either September 21, September 28, or October 5). We will send out more information about the transition to in-school learning soon. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.


Gulf Shores City Schools are canceled Monday as a precaution for Tropical Storm Sally.

Good afternoon, We have been closely following the updates on Tropical Storm Sally. Earlier today school officials along with City of Gulf Shores officials participated in a webinar with the National Weather Service. Based on the latest forecast and the advice of local safety officials, all Gulf Shores City Schools will be closed tomorrow. The BOE and school offices will be closed. Tropical storm force gusts are expected to arrive in our area tomorrow morning and we are specifically concerned about buses traveling along the coast and over bridges. We are also concerned about the possibility of flooding in low lying areas. A decision about school cancellation for Tuesday will be made when more forecast information is available. Please stay tuned to our webpage( and social media outlets for more information.MATT AKIN


BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Baldwin County Superintendent says school classes will continue as normal tomorrow but all extracurricular activities are canceled.

We will run our normal school schedule tomorrow including After School Care. All extracurricular activities including athletic games and practices are canceled. We have been in contact with the National Weather Service and EMA officials over the weekend and we will stay in contact with these officials while monitoring the storm in the Gulf. I expect to provide you an update no later than 4 p.m. tomorrow with regard to school activities for Tuesday. Stay safe and alert.



The Santa Rosa County School District has decided to close schools Monday, Sept. 14, due to possible tropical storm winds from Tropical Storm Sally.

In a post on the SRCSD Facebook page, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said parents and employees should stay in touch with regarding school operations on Tuesday.

Any additional closures will be communicated through a phone call, email and social media.




Ingalls Shipbuilding continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Sally, as the storm system approaches the central Gulf Coast. Ingalls has heavy weather preparations in place and/or underway in all of its facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.

For safety, due to the likelihood of heavy rain and storm surge causing higher than normal tides, Ingalls Shipbuilding will suspend all operations in Mississippi and Louisiana (UNO facility), on all shifts, on Monday and Tuesday, September 14and 15. Only those employees specifically instructed to report for work on Monday and Tuesday should do so.

Ingalls will provide an update on Tuesday with regard to additional work schedule changes, if necessary.

All Ingalls employees currently working remotely should continue day-to-day business as usual.


Unedited press release from Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Breeze, FL. – Gulf Islands National Seashore announces that Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way will close tonight at 8:00 pm. The anticipated intense winds, high surf, and heavy rain is expected to impact safe motor vehicle travel on this road. Fort Pickens, Perdido Key/Johnson Beach, Santa Rosa/Opal Beach, and Okaloosa Areas in closed on Saturday, September 12, at 5:00 pm ahead of the approaching storm  

All Florida areas, except the Naval Live Oaks day use area will remain closed until further notice.  The Fort Barrancas area remains closed due to closures of the NAS Pensacola. Highway 399, J. Earle Bowden Way will be evaluated for damage, once the weather passes and updates will be announced. 


Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Videos

More Video

More Local News

3-Day Forecast

Trending Stories