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Power outages force two Harford County elementary schools to close today

Crews work to restore power to Churchville Elementary School, which was closed Monday.
Crews work to restore power to Churchville Elementary School, which was closed Monday. (Erika Butler/The Aegis)

Two elementary schools in Harford County are closed today due to power outages, school officials announced this morning.

Riverside Elementary School in Joppa and Churchville Elementary School in Churchville will be closed to students and staff. Custodians are to report on time.

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Staff from the county schools facilities department and BGE are working to restore the power, according to the school system.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a high wind warning from 4 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Monday for Harford County. A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring with sustained speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more.

As of 6:30 a.m., more than 3,000 Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. customers were without power in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.

Cindy Mumby, spokesperson for Harford County government, said no significant issues had been reported.

“Our safety messaging always applies when we know there will be high winds, which it looks like will continue for some time. If haven’t already done so, secure deck furniture, anything that could go flying through the air,” Mumby said. “Prepare for power outages. We are seeing some reports of them. Charge all your devices. And if you use a generator, never, never use it indoors. Always make sure it’s placed outside the home and away from vents that might inadvertently allow fumes into the house.”

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