Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2016

UPDATE: Boca Raton Under Hurricane Warning

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Boca Raton continues to be under a Hurricane Warning in the latest advisory by the National Hurricane Center.

Matthew slightly weakened Wednesday morning but “some slight strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days,” according to the hurricane center’s 8 a.m. advisory.

The latest information puts Matthew about 45 miles northeast of Cabo Lucrecia, Cuba with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph as the storm moves northwest at 10 mph.

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 40 miles from the storm’s center, and tropical-force winds extend up to 160 miles.

The possibility that South Florida could be struck by a storm of at least Category 3 strength represents the greatest hurricane threat to the region in many years. A Category 3 storm, which produces winds of 111-129 miles per hour, is capable of causing “devastating” damage, according to the hurricane center.

Due to the incoming storm, Saint Andrew’s School announced that school will be in session on Wednesday and will follow regular dismissal times. However, all athletic games and practices have been canceled. On Thursday and Friday all classes and extracurricular activities, school events, and athletic events will be canceled, as well as all Homecoming and Alumni events have been canceled for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

As mentioned in our last update, Palm Beach County School District will be closed Thursday and Friday. All district events at any school or campus facility are canceled after the last school bell Wednesday and until Sunday. School-operated after-school child care will be open on Wednesday, but parents are urged to pick up their children as soon as possible. Wednesday’s scheduled observation of International Walk to School Day has been postponed until Oct. 14.

All classes at Florida Atlantic University are canceled beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 9; any instructional time missed during these days will be made up later in the semester.

Classes at Lynn University are canceled beginning Wednesday evening and will remain closed through Friday.

The City of Boca Raton has canceled meetings of the Downtown Boca Advisory Committee and Parks & Recreation Board that were to be held on Wednesday. For Thursday, meetings are canceled for the Homestead Exemption Outreach and Planning & Zoning Board.

A ribbon-cutting to open the Watergate Estates Park on Saturday has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Art classes at the Boca Raton Museum Art School are canceled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Friday’s opening reception for the exhibit of paintings by Philip Glick has been rescheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 14 at 801 W. Palmetto Road.

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