Columbia, SC (WLTX) - School systems in South Carolina are closing due to the threat caused by Hurricane Michael.

The storm is expected to be a tropical storm by the time it begins making its way into the state late Wednesday night into Thursday. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the southern and eastern Midlands.

FORECAST: Michael on a path that will take it into the Midlands

But even though it will be weaker, it still could trigger severe storms and will create hazardous conditions. Many districts have rules about what conditions their buses can drive in, which will affect their ability to take students to and from schools, which will play a factor in closings

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Here are the current school closings we know about:

Bamberg School District Two: Wednesday after school programs are canceled, schools and offices closed Thursday

Calhoun County Schools: closed all day Thursday

Central Carolina Technical College: all campuses closed Thursday

Clarendon School District 1 - closed Thursday

Clarendon School District 2: closed Thursday

Clarendon School District 3: closed Thursday

Columbia International University - closed Thursday

Denmark Tech: closed Thursday

Grace Academy Daycare: closed Thursday

Gray Collegiate Academy: closed all day Thursday

Fairfield County School District: closed Thursday

Kershaw County School District: closed Thursday

Laurence Manning Academy, Manning: closed Thursday

Lee County School District: all extracurricular activities are canceled Wednesday and Thursday; schools and district offices will be closed Thursday

Lexington Kiddie Kollege: closed Thursday

Lexington School District 1: closed Thursday

Lexington School District 2: closed Thursday

Lexington School District 3: closed Thursday

Lexington School District 4: closed Thursday

Lexington-Richland School District 5: closed Thursday

Midlands Tech: all campuses closed Thursday

Newberry County: all schools will be closed Thursday

Orangeburg School District 3: closed all day Thursday

Orangeburg School District 4: closed all day Thursday

Orangeburg School District 5: closed all day Thursday

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College: closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday

Richland School District 1: closed Thursday

Richland School District 2: closed Thursday

Saluda County Schools: closed Thursday

South Carolina State University: closed on Thursday

Sumter School District: all Sumter School District schools and offices will be closed Thursday

USC Aiken: closed Thursday

USC Columbia: closed Thursday

USC Sumter: closed and classes canceled Thursday. A Carolina Alert will be sent when classes resume and campus re-opens

Other Closures:

Congaree National Park: until further notice

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden: closed Thursday

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT): all moveable bridges closed to marine traffic

WLTX Closings Page: www.wltx.com/closings

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You can also review the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's checklist for preparation. Again, no need to panic and run out and buy things at the grocery store. But it's just good to go ahead and look at it. There are a ton of good resources there.