Storms knock out power to several Metro schools - WKRN News 2

Storms knock out power to several Metro schools

Posted: Updated: May 24, 2011 4:29 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Severe storms early Tuesday morning left more than a dozen schools Metro Nashville schools without power.

School District spokesperson Noelle Mashburn said Nashville Electric Service crews worked throughout the day to restore power

"Well we don't have any power but everything is working out alright with students in the classrooms. We just told teachers to raise the shades and continue just to teach," teacher Karen Bryant of Litton Middle School explained.

Clementine Chamberlain is the principal at Inglewood Elementary School.

She told Nashville's News 2 despite the school not having power teachers and students made the best of the situation.

"Now the kids are in their classrooms having some fun. It's kind of like an enrichment day," she said.

Severe storms roared across Middle Tennessee in the early morning hours, downing trees and power lines across the area.

Metro school maintenance crews told Nashville's News 2 their biggest challenge throughout the day were the down trees on school property.

"The biggest job today has been getting trees up out of the roads and driveways. They couldn't get buses in some of the schools this morning," maintenance worker for Metro schools Chris Anderson said.

He continued, "We had about 10 schools that we had reports of tree damage and stuff.

Out of those 10, about seven were blocking entrances to schools or main thoroughfares."

Nashville Electric Service reported more than 27,000 customers without power at the height of the storm.

Metro officials expect for all schools to have power restored in time for classes on Wednesday.

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