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Hanover schools close early Friday due to high winds, power outages

Posted at 10:48 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 20:29:47-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. – All Hanover County schools closed early Friday due to high winds and power outages at several schools.

School officials say all elementary schools will dismiss at 12 p.m. and all middle and high schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

“Weather conditions have rapidly changed throughout the morning,” school officials posted on Facebook. “The sudden onset of high winds has caused several downed trees and power lines throughout the county.”

Officials say high winds have caused a power outage or intermittent power at half of their 25 schools. The school system says they do not know when power will be restored.

“We understand that this unplanned closing is disruptive, and we sincerely appreciate your patience,” officials wrote. “As always, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority in every decision we make. Stay safe, and as always, thank you for your support of Hanover County Public Schools.”

In addition to early release, all afterschool activities and events are canceled. Officials say decisions about weekend events will be made at a later time.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Central Virginia that will continue through 4 p.m.

The Hanover Sheriff's Office is reminding drivers to use caution when driving due to the windy conditions.

"Due to high winds and wet ground conditions, several trees have come down blocking roads and downing power lines. If you see a tree down please be cautious of live wires on the ground. Especially as the children are getting off the buses early today," the office tweeted.