All 126 schools in the Guilford County school system opened on time Monday, Oct. 15, despite the fact that as of 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 12 Guilford County public schools were still without power.
But by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, all schools had power and administrators began notifying parents that schools would open.
Guilford County Schools announced on Wednesday that all schools would close on Thursday, because “Hurricane Michael is moving inland faster than anticipated.”
The school system kept schools closed on Friday, but announced that school events would take place Friday night and over the weekend, including the Dudley High School homecoming parade. Some athletic events, mostly football games, were canceled because of the storm.
The school system was lucky. At 3 p.m. Monday, Oct 15, 10,377 electric customers out of 213,177 in Guilford County were still without electricity because of Hurricane Michael, according to Duke Energy.
A customer can be a business, a family home or a multiple-tenant building, so the number of people still without power was higher. Duke Energy predicted that all power would be restored in Guilford County by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Duke reported that it was still restoring power to a large swath of North Carolina from Cleveland County in the southwest to Northampton County in the northeast – an area encompassing Charlotte, Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, Durham and Raleigh.
Greensboro and Guilford County declared a joint state of emergency at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, effective at noon. Hurricane Michael hit Greensboro with unexpected force at 2:30 p.m.