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Schools dismiss early for threats of severe weather

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The threat of severe weather moving across the Southeast has led local school officials in the Lowcountry to announce early dismissals.

Find the latest weather updates here.

Forecasters expect severe thunderstorms to move across the Southeast on Wednesday, bringing a threat of tornadoes and large hail.

Dorchester School District Four will operate on an Early Dismissal schedule.

  • Woodland High School will dismiss at 12:00 (noon)
  • Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle School will dismiss at 12:00 (noon)
  • St. George Middle School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.
  • Harleyville Elementary School will dismiss at 11:45 a.m.
  • Clay Hill Elementary School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
  • Williams Memorial Elementary School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.


Pinewood Prep in Summerville will dismiss their Lower School at 11:30 while Middle and High school students will go home at noon.

Cathedral Academy in Dorchester County will dismiss at 1 p.m.

Colleton County School District will be also conducting an early dismissal. Also, all other after school activities and events have been cancelled for today.

  • Elementary schools at 11:30 a.m.
  • Middle school at 11:45 a.m.
  • High school at 12:00 noon


Officials with Dorchester District Two said middle and high schools will follow an early release schedule. Elementary schools are already scheduled for early release today.

  • Elementary (already scheduled for early dismissal today) 11:00 am
  • Rollings Middle School of the Arts-11:30 a.m.
  • Middle Schools – 12:00 p.m.
  • High schools and Givhans-1:00 p.m.


All DD2 after school activities are cancelled. Extended day will remain open until 6 p.m. but parents are encouraged to pick up their student early if possible.

As of 11:45 a.m., Charleston County School District officials said they had no plans to alter their dismissal times but are cancelling all after school activities, including sports events.

The Berkeley County School District (BCSD) high schools will dismiss students one hour early due to the potential for severe weather. Additionally, all after school activities cancelled today and will be rescheduled if possible.

Williamsburg County School District will dismiss today at 1:30 p.m. There will be a 2-hour delay for students on tomorrow, April 6, 2017, and all staff will report at 9:00 am.

Charleston Southern University will close at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 5. All evening classes and events are canceled. The Dining Hall and Library will remain open as scheduled for residential students.

All classes at Trident Tech starting at 4 p.m. or later on Wed., April 5, are canceled. Classes already in session will be dismissed at 4pm and all campus sites will close at that time.

The National Weather Service predicts widespread, serious thunderstorms beginning early Wednesday across much of Alabama and Georgia and into the Florida Panhandle and southwestern South Carolina.

Hail the size of tennis balls is pelting parts of Alabama ahead of what forecasters say will be waves of severe weather across the Deep South.

People are using social media to post photos of hail that hit the area. And the National Weather Service says there's likely more bad weather to come, including powerful tornadoes.

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