Two Metro Nashville Public Schools spent much of their school day in the dark after overnight storms knocked out power to thousands of Nashville Electric Service customers.
Administrators at Lakeview Elementary on Rural Hill Road told Nashville's News 2 they were taking several precautions to keep over 500 of their students cool and hydrated before power was restored around Noon.
"Extra bottles of water are being distributed," said Robin Shumate, the school's principal before the outage.
Shumate also said kids had been moved out of two or three classrooms because it was too dark to teach.
Windows to the school were also opened to cool off the classrooms.
The other school affected by the outage was Mt. View Elementary located at 3820 Murfreesboro Road.
"I thought it was crazy," fourth grader Cooper Welty grinned.
"It was all crowded and everybody was just everywhere and it was just all dark," added the youngster as he ate a cold lunch at Mt. View.
Principal Julia Lamb said each teacher had a flashlight and led students when they had to move through darkened hallways before the power came on just before 2 p.m.
Nearly 35,000 NES customers were without power at the height of Thursday night's storms.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:21:11 GMT
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