Incoming windstorm, possible outages prompt some East County schools to close Thursday

An incoming windstorm that is expected to send gusts of 80 to 90 mph whooshing through the mountains and valleys of East County has prompted several school districts to close Thursday.

After the region was told to expect power outages, four school districts decided to cancel classes as a precaution: Julian Union Elementary School District, Julian Union High School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Unified School District.

Julian Pathways, a before- and after-school program, will also be closed, according to its Facebook page.

The National Weather Service says offshore wills pick up late Wednesday night and accelerate around dawn on Thursday. A high wind warning will be in place for most of the region through late Friday afternoon.

Much of San Diego County will also be under a red flag fire weather warning until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Julian Union High School District Superintendent Patrick Hefflin said school officials decided it would be better to cancel classes than risk an outage - especially with Thursday's wild weather on the horizon.

“Without power it would be impossible for us to communicate to parents if we needed to send students home early,” she said.

All extracurricular activities at Julian district schools will also be canceled Thursday, Patrick said.

School officials have not yet decided if schools will be closed on Friday. Julian area schools will, at the very least, be starting late that day, Patrick said.

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