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Clay County schools will be closed, after-school activities canceled Thursday due to Tropical Storm Eta

Tropical Storm Eta is predicted to impact Clay County with possible tropical-storm-force winds or wind gusts, and heavy bands of rain.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — The Clay County School District announced schools will be closed and after-school activities will be canceled Thursday in preparation for Tropical Storm Eta. The district plans to reopen Friday.

Clay County emergency management and school officials held a news conference Wednesday ahead of Eta's projected landfall in the Tampa area.

Emergency Management Director John Ward said the county is closely monitoring the National Hurricane Center's advisories. Ward said his agency is not expecting issues with Black Creek.

Power outages, downed trees and limbs will be the main issue to watch out for, Ward said.

Tropical Storm Eta is predicted to impact Clay County with possible tropical-storm-force winds or wind gusts, and heavy bands of rain beginning at 10 a.m. and the most significant impact predicted around 2 p.m.

The county says St Johns River and Black Creek could experience minor flooding during periods of high tide and some urban flooding in low-lying areas is possible. 

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