CMS closed Friday, 32 schools without power

- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will be closed on Friday for mass power outages from Hurricane Michael. According to Duke Energy, 32 schools across the district are without power, after high winds and heavy rain knocked down many trees and power lines. 

“I think it was worse than Florence,” said Matt Gyman. “Florence may have been longer but this came by pretty past… lots of wind.” 

The storm left as fast as in came, but left behind a lot of damage in the Beverly Woods neighborhood in South Charlotte. Strong winds uprooted a tree on Tyndale Ave, toppling a home and burying two cars in the driveway. 

“It was a big loud roar,” said John Meares, the homeowner. “Branches were flying… I knew the thing was coming down.” 

Meares was inside when the tree came down around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and says he is lucky to be alive: “There is a hole in my roof, but it could have been worse.”

Large trees left chopped up in front yards is a familiar sight around the neighborhood, after Hurricane Florence tore through the area a couple weeks ago. Some homes went without power for 2-3 days. Now neighbors are hoping the lights come back on soon. 

“Everyone is in the dark. You can hear my generator from here,” said Gynman. 

Because so many homes and schools are without power as of Thursday night, CMS decided to close on Friday. In a statement, the district said, ““CMS understands that school closings can be frustrating for everyone as work schedules, child care, transportation and other plans are disrupted. But the most important responsibility we have when it comes to our kids is to keep them safe from harm. Safety always must come first.” 

Schools without power on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Albemarle Rd. MS
Albemarle Road ES
Alexander Graham MS
Ashley Park ES
Carmel MS
Croft Community School
Eastover ES
Harding HS
Hickory grove Pre-K
Highland Creek ES
Joseph Grier ES
Lincoln Heights Academy
Mallard creek ES
Mallard Creek HS
Martin MS
ML King Junior MS
Morehead ES
Myers Park ES
Newell ES
North Mecklenburg HS
Oaklawn ES
Parkside ES
Paw Creek ES
Project Lift School
Ridge Rd. MS
Sedgefield MS
South Charlotte MS
Walter G. Byers
Windsor Park ES
Winterfield ES

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