By Blair Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:32 PM EST, February 6, 2014
Carroll County still has nearly 13,000 without power -- including three schools -- as of 12:20 pm Thursday, following an ice storm Wednesday that at one point left almost half of the county without power and closed more than 100 county roadways.
The Carroll County Board of Education will host an emergency board meeting at 2:30 pm Thursday to discuss making up a snow day on Feb. 18, which is a scheduled day off for students and professional development day for teachers.
Carroll County Public Schools has used seven snow days this school year, one more than what had been built into its schedule.
While schools were closed Thursday, school offices, including the central office, opened at 10 a.m.
BGE is reporting 11,004 outages and FirstEnergy is reporting 2,746 outages, as of 12:20 p.m.
Three schools, including Runnymede Elementary, New Windsor Middle, and Century High were without power as of 8 a.m. and the school system has not received an update on their status, according to school system spokeswoman Carey Gaddis.
Carroll had opened an emergency shelter at Winters Mill High School Wednesday, but closed the shelter at 8 a.m. after 11 people had used the facility for a warm place to stay overnight.
The county will open an overnight warming center at the Westminster Senior Center that will remain open throughout Friday, according to a county news release.
Residents are invited to come for warmth and to charge electrial devices, but neither sleeping accomodations or food will be provided, according to the release.
Carroll was hit hard by an ice storm that did damage throughout the metropolitan area.
Many roads are still closed due to downed trees and power lines, according to the Carroll County Office of Public Safety Facebook page.
Carroll County Public Libraries were without power for much of the day Wednesday, but opened on time Thursday. Carroll County government offices also opened on time after being closed Wednesday.
The phone number for the Emergency Operations Center that citizens should use to access information and make non-emergency requests is 1-888-543-8362.