Storm blows off Homestead Elementary School's roof

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)- A crash rumbled through Homestead Elementary School Wednesday at lunch time. The storm blew part of the roof off their gym and onto their cafeteria roof. It's not the school staff's first time setting up buckets to catch water spilling through the roof, but this time is definitely the worst.

"This is the top, the roof of the cafeteria," Principal Suzanne Cain points out the window of the gym. "So when everything came off of the gym roof right beside it, it did make quite a huge noise. It was very scary."

Kids were in tears. Teachers and staff rushed them into the hallways and their emergency drill was put to the test.

"They cover their heads just like a regular 'code white,'" Cain explained. "We ended up serving them their lunch in the hallway today."

It's an especially tough situation because just this weekend they had a fundraiser for a different part of the school's roof.

"It's heart wrenching to know that all the work that went into that fundraiser... It's heartbreaking for the parents that participated in that hard work," said Cain.

In the end it was the calm during, not before the storm, that beat it.

"By the end of it they were all sitting there laughing and having a good time," said Brittany Shamblin, a teacher. "So you can't ask for much more than that."

"It's amazing what you do when you're not sure what's going on all around you," Cain said. "You just wanna protect the kids."

The assistant superintendent of the county schools says there won't be school the next day. The state fire marshall was there Wednesday afternoon to assess the damage.

There haven't been any reported injuries from the storm in the county. Trees fell onto power lines and into roads and in Upshur County some even fell onto several houses.

A big issue is that the more than 6,000 homes without power in the two counties could be in the dark for days according to Mon Power officials.