The recovery continues as more potential severe weather threatens

Tallahassee area residents continue to recover from the powerful storms and tornadoes that devastated parts of the city on Friday. The latest estimates as of Sunday evening showed that about 91% of affected customers had power restored. According to officials, the damage was significant.

“Typically we run into a repair situation where we have isolated broken poles,” said Mike Crow, deputy director of the city’s Power Delivery Division. “It’s a complete rebuild.”

According to the city, almost 400 power poles were broken. That's more than during hurricanes Hermine, Irma and Michael combined.

Power has been restored to most schools in Leon County, except for Sable Palm Elementary and Sail High School, where authorities said damage was greatest. These schools remain closed. Most other children will be able to go back to class Monday, but Superintendent Rocky Hanna says they won't be able to ride the bus. He says there is still too much rubble on the road.

“Parents, I’m sorry again for the inconvenience. We want to open schools. “We simply cannot transport our buses safely,” says Hanna.

The start of school will be delayed by 30 minutes so that children have more time to get going on Monday morning.

Florida A&M University is also concerned about the remaining debris after the storm. A university statement said power had been restored, but with cleanup underway, “it is unsafe for non-essential faculty, students and staff to come to campus,” said university President Larry Robinson.

Summer classes begin Monday, but officials say students can take those courses remotely.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, Tallahassee Community College reported it still had no power and the campus would remain closed Monday. Lively Tech is also closed. However, Florida State University has announced that it will resume normal operations on Monday.

Meanwhile, officials are preparing for the possibility of more severe weather Monday evening and into Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rain. The city says it will provide residents with sandbag sites ahead of the storm.

Anna Harden

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