Some Triangle schools closing Thursday due to Hurricane Michael

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Several Triangle schools are closing on Thursday due to the pending arrival of Hurricane Michael.

On Wednesday afternoon, Durham Public Schools, Johnston County schools and Orange County schools all announced they’ll be closed Thursday. Durham school official cited the “probability of travel conditions becoming unsafe during the school day.”

All extracurricular and athletic activities have been canceled Thursday in those districts.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning in 66 North Carolina counties as Hurricane Michael neared Florida as a Category 4 storm. The governor called it “a dreadful storm.”

“North Carolina is staring down another powerful hurricane less than a month (after) Hurricane Florence battered our state,” Cooper said at a news conference.

While several school districts around the state have announced they’ll close Thursday, no announcements have been made by the Wake County school system or Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system.