Federal and state courts announce closures ahead of Hurricane Michael

Federal and state courts are announcing closings before Hurricane Michael hits the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

If Hurricane Michael hits landfall with predicted 125-mile-an-hour winds, the storm would rival Panhandle hurricanes of 1975 and 1882 for intensity, USA Today reported on Tuesday. The Hurricane was upgraded to Category 4 on Wednesday, and made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, according to the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Federal courts in Panama City, Pensacola and Tallahassee were closing on Tuesday, according to this announcement. Meanwhile Florida state courts in 28 counties had announced closings as of 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday. The Florida Supreme Court and the state’s First District Court of Appeal were also closing.

Georgia’s Administrative Office of the Courts is posting on Twitter any court closing orders it receives. As of Tuesday afternoon, courts in three counties had reported closures. The State Bar of Georgia listed additional closures in two other counties.

Florida State University is closing its campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City through Friday. The law school is located in Tallahassee.