Monday, September 12, 2011
This is a satellite image of Tropical Storm Maria. She is moving west at all of 2 mph. TWO MILES AN HOUR. Tropical storm force winds radiate out from the center for about 175-200 miles in each direction.
The National Weather Service, as well as the local alert system, has issued flood advisories and warnings and watches - meaning flooding is likely. We have a 100% chance of rain today and tonight. Flooding is expected through tomorrow afternoon.
And yet we have school. We have students standing outside in the rain waiting for school buses. We have bus drivers who won't pull up to the stairs because there is another bus in front of them. We have soaking wet students sitting in air conditioned classrooms, dripping on the floor and shivering, because our AC units don't turn off, because the kids got wet walking to school or waiting for the bus or running from the bus up the stairs at the front of the school.
This is insane!!!! This should have been a storm day! Keep our students safe, let them stay inside, and don't make everyone go out in unsafe conditions.
Not to mention the three or four areas I had to drive through where the water was across the road, rushing by, and the water came at least halfway up the tires of my little Yaris. Yup, the flood advisories say don't drive through running water across the road. The school district says I don't have a choice, or I won't get paid.
Oh, and it's windy enough that flights are being diverted elsewhere. Rumor has it that all the private schools are closed today. Only the public schools are open.
This just isn't safe!