Tropical Storm Zeta moved into the region today (October 29) and caused power outages and storm damage across the Hickory Metro area. Photos included with this story show some of the damage in Hickory.
As of this morning (October 30), according to Duke Energy, Catawba County had 12,122 customers without power. Alexander had 3,161, Burke 5,633, and Caldwell 398. Duke Energy’s website says due to the severity of the damage to parts of their system, power restoration in some locations may be delayed. No estimates as far as time of restoration were included for the Hickory Metro counties.
Alexander County Schools have announced that today will be a virtual learning day. Students will not report to school buildings. Optional workday for staff.
Burke County Schools has also switched to remote learning for Friday. It was initially scheduled to be a face-to-face instructional day for B-Day students, and a remote day for A-Day students, but now ALL students will work remotely. Students are to check in with their teachers and look for assignments as they do on regular remote learning days. For those still without power, your teacher will work with you on making up any missed assignments.
A bagged lunch will be available for all B-Day students in the car rider lines at all 5 middle schools only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All daycares will be closed.[Photos from damage in Hickory, courtesy of Abby Rider]