Thousands without power, some schools close day after Howard County tornado

- Thousands are without power Wednesday in Howard County after damage caused by Tuesday's confirmed tornado in the western part of the region.

The twister was part of a massive storm system that rolled into the area. The storm was a confirmed EF0 tornado with winds up to 80-miles an hour.

The tornado was on the ground for 20 minutes and traveled nearly 13 miles.

Because of the power outages, several Howard County schools have canceled class. Here are the closures in effect:

  • Howard High School is without power and will not open for summer school today.

  • Summer school is still open at Oakland Mills High School and the ARL.

  • Currently, eight school buildings are without power: Glenelg High School, Howard High School, Marriotts Ridge High School, West Friendship Elementary School, Manor Woods Elementary School, Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, Swansfield Elementary School and Rockburn Elementary School.

  • No camps at schools without power.

  • All HCPSS administrative buildings will open on time.

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