Kokomo School Corporation closed Friday; some schools still without power

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo School Corporation closed for a second day Friday because some schools still don’t have power.

Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said crews haven’t been able to restore electricity to the high school and an elementary school. Schools had been operating on a two-hour delay before the school district decided to close.

Officials had hoped to return to class Friday after tornadoes swept through Howard County Wednesday. According to Duke Energy, more than 4,700 customers are still without power.

The storms brought down power lines and trees. And while many traffic lights have been restored, some are still out.

Utility crews are still out working Friday. Several other groups, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Red Cross, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Department of Environmental management, are helping with recovery efforts.

In an update provided Friday, Indiana State Police said 140 people stayed in the shelter set up at 1500 North Reed Road in Kokomo. Those who have stayed at the shelter have been leaving at a steady pace, with many of them finding alternative places to stay or returning home once the power is back on.

State police said the injury count remains consistent, with 15 to 20 people hurt. Most of them were injured by flying debris. More than 1,000 residential structures were damaged; 81 of those were destroyed and 173 sustained major damage. the largest concentration of damage is near 931 south of State Road 22.

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