Bad weather forecast forces cancellation of school activities in Manatee

BRADENTON -- Officials with the Manatee County School District have cancelled all indoor and outdoor activities after school today due to expected bad weather.

All athletic events, open houses and the Financial Night at Palmetto High School have been cancelled.

However, after-school child care programs at elementary and middle schools will remain open until their regularly scheduled release times, officials say.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. NWS calls for wind to increase to around 20 mph. Wind gusts could get up to 30-35 mph during this afternoon.