As you’re making those hurricane preparations, we have the information you need about plans for power restoration, as well as updates on school closures and cancellations, and more.FPL:Florida Power & Light says it already has 5,000 employees, contractors and partners set to help restore power in the storm’s aftermath. The utility also has 15,000 transformers, 75,000 miles of wire to repair power lines, and 3 million gallons of diesel to power its trucks. All of the supplies will be deployed from FPL’s command center in Riviera Beach, which serves as the company’s storm headquarters for the entire state.ROLLING STONES:The Rolling Stones concert at Hard Rock Stadium has been moved up from Saturday to Friday. Tickets for the original show date will be honored at Friday’s show.SCHOOLS:PALM BEACH COUNTYAt this time, school schedules and elementary school after-care will operate as normal on Friday. Sporting events and other after-school activities are canceled on Friday. Updates are available through the district’s website.The Diocese of Palm Beach Office of Catholic Schools follows the decisions made by the public school system, and will therefore follow the same closures as public schools. When Catholic schools are closed, all student activities on campus are suspended.St. Mark’s Episcopal Church & School in Palm Beach Gardens will be closed on Friday and Tuesday.All Palm Beach State College campuses will be closed starting Friday at noon. At this time, the College is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday. All classes and activities scheduled during the closure are cancelled.Palm Beach Atlantic University has cancelled all classes for Friday. Campuses in West Palm Beach and Orlando will be closed from Saturday to Monday.All FAU classes that begin after 12:30 p.m. on Friday have been cancelled. Campuses will remain open through Friday but will be closed Saturday through Monday. All events that are scheduled to take place on any FAU campus from 1 p.m. Saturday through Monday are cancelled.MARTIN COUNTYThe Martin County School District will be operating on an early dismissal schedule on Friday. Students will be dismissed two hours earlier than normal. All after-school activities, including Extended Day, will also be cancelled.All activities, including athletics, for the Martin County School District will be cancelled for Saturday through Monday.All football games that were scheduled for Friday have been rescheduled.Hidden Oaks Middle School has cancelled all after-school activities for Friday.ST. LUCIE COUNTYSt. Lucie Public Schools will follow an early release schedule (dismissed 2 hours early) on Friday. There will be no after-school activities. This includes the cancellation of all programs by partnering agencies such as the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA.All school activities and athletics are suspended effective Friday until further notice. All “Facility Use” agreements are also suspended until further notice.SLPS will notify parents and staff about the schedule for Tuesday.We will continue to update this list as needed. From everyone at 850 WFTL, be prepared and stay safe!
Gabe Pruitt, Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart suffered through USC basketball pre-Tim Floyd. They experienced the lowest depths in the program’s history, and it showed in their emotions on Friday night. With every 3-pointer that left their hands and the fist pumps that followed, USC’s players looked like they have come a long way to get this opportunity at success. Pruitt, Young and Stewart combined to score 33 of USC’s first 34 points to spark the Trojans to a 70-61 victory over No. 11 Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament semifinals at Staples Center. Third-seeded USC advanced to face fourth-seeded Oregon at 3 p.m. today in the conference final. No player on USC’s roster had won a game in the Pac-10 Tournament before this week. The Trojans have never won the tournament, once before advancing to the final in 2002. “We’re trying to get our first banner inside Galen Center,” Young said. “We came from last place (in 2005) to third place, and now we’re fighting for our first conference championship.” This victory gives USC its seventh win over a Top 25 team this season. The Trojans are 7-4 against ranked opponents, a statistic that should impress the NCAA selection committee Sunday. USC (23-10) is one victory away from equaling the highest win total in its 101-year history. The Trojans had 24 wins in 2001, 1992, 1974 and 1971. Some top teams don’t mind getting knocked out early so they can have a few days off before getting ready for the NCAA Tournament. But as players who weren’t even invited to the Pac-10 Tournament in 2005, USC’s big three value this experience. “We’re not even thinking about seeding,” Young said. “Whoever they place us against doesn’t matter. I’m trying to focus on the now and get ready to get the first ring on my hand.” The Trojans were uncharacteristically living off the 3-pointer in the first half. Pruitt, who scored a season-high 26 points, had all 15 of his first-half points off 3-point attempts. He made four from beyond the arc and hit three free throws after being fouled on one try. “During warmups, I was kind of feeling it, and knew if I got open looks I would knock them down,” Pruitt said. That brought Floyd to interject: “I hope you’re feeling it (today), too.” Stewart scored eight points in a row in one stretch, connecting on two3-pointers and a long jumper to give the Trojans a 23-14 lead. He wound up with 15 points. Young added another two from downtown, making USC 8 of 12 on 3-pointers in the first half. The Trojans entered Friday’s contest averaging 5.53-pointers per game. USC led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Derrick Low hit a double-clutch 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to draw the Cougars within 38-34 at the break. The Trojans moved away from the 3-pointers in the second half and focused on getting the ball inside to forward Taj Gibson. “We talked at halftime that we thought that was fools’ gold,” Floyd said of the perimeter shots. “We saw toward the end of the first half we missed a couple and they went on a little run, because the long shot leads to a long rebound and makes for easier looks at the other end.” Gibson, who scored just three points in the first half, scored USC’s first seven points in the second half to hold off an early Cougars run. Pruitt got hot again midway through the second half to help the Trojans avoid another last-minute finish with the Cougars. He hit a long jumper with his foot on the line, then connected on a 3-pointer from the left-baseline to put USC ahead 53-44. The next time down, he drained another 3-pointer from the same corner and kept his right hand in the air as he skipped to midcourt. Then USC went more than five minutes without scoring, as their lead dwinded to four. But Keith Wilkinson, who had just missed two free throws coming off the bench, got a big tip-in off a Gibson miss with 1:01 remaining to put the Trojans up 63-55. Low missed a 3-pointer and Gibson made two free throws to put the game away. Gibson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Washington State had frustrated the Trojans with close victories in their two regular-season matchups. “We wanted to beat them because we felt the first two times we had them,” Stewart said. “We knew we were one shot or one hustle play away both times, so I’m glad we got it this time.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!