New Hanover County and Brunswick County Schools closed Friday

WILMINGTON, N.C. - (WECT) - Due to high winds from Hurricane Irene forecasted to arrive on our coast earlier than previously predicted, New Hanover County School officials have canceled school Friday, August 26.

Teachers have the option to come in and work until 1:00 p.m.

Brunswick County Schools will also be closed for students.

Friday will also be an optional workday for teachers and staff in Brunswick County.

Schools officials in both counties say the safety of both students and staff is a top priority.

Students from both school systems will make-up the missed day Monday, October 10, 2011.