Four schools in Howard County closed by 11 a.m. yesterday - sending more than 2,500 students home - after it became clear crews would not be able to restore electrical power knocked out by Tuesday's storm.
"[Baltimore Gas and Electric] was successful in restoring power in so many schools that there was optimism about the prospect of their being able to restore power in our school as well," said Napoleon Saunders, assistant principal at Reservoir High School, which had to close at 10 a.m.
Schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said 17 schools lost power Tuesday night, but 13 of them had regained it by early morning. Left in the dark were Reservoir High, Lime Kiln Middle School, Atholton Elementary and Fulton Elementary, all of which were forced to close their doors and cancel after-school activities.
Anne Arundel County officials said 11 schools there were without power, and School's Out, a nonprofit company that monitors the operating status of schools, said Montgomery County closed 33 of its schools.