Students shelter in place in Putnam County during storms

Published: Mar. 1, 2017 at 6:18 PM EST
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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Schools in Kanawha and Putnam County were all instructed to shelter in place during Wednesday's storms as heavy rains and high winds rocked the Tri-State and Kanawha Valley.

Several schools let out early due to power outages and storm-related problems.

At Poca Middle School, students sheltered in place for about half an hour. WSAZ was there to talk to students about the frightening experience.

"Not too many people were freaking out that bad but they were just a little shaky," said seventh-grader Mason Clark. "I think it's better that we stayed here, because if we would have gotten caught on the bus we could have gotten caught in the storm or not been able to drive or wreck or pretty much anything could have happened."

Principal Lynda Rumbaugh says the shelter in place went smoothly, because the school has held several drills and both students and staff were prepared. She says beyond student safety, school staff worked to keep students calm during the storm.

"Some people were scared. Some people were nervous," said fourth-grader Kate Grant.

Grant says teachers and the school principal at Poca Middle School helped students relax during the storm and feel comforted.

"We know that we're safe here," she said. "We have staff here and sometimes our parents aren't always home. Like, my parents are both at work right now."

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