Some NC mountain schools close after wind gusts near hurricane force

WBTV Thursday morning weather forecast

ASHE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Ashe County Schools canceled class Thursday due to wind damage.

The school district posted a message online Thursday morning: “Due to wind damages, Ashe County Schools are closed today, December 5, for both students and staff. It will be an annual leave day.”

At Ashe County High School wind caused several large pieces of cast iron to fall to the floor. School will reopen on Friday, but the gym and auditorium will stay closed.

Wind gusts Wednesday and overnight were close to hurricane force in the highest elevations in the High Country. The area woke up Thursday to reports of downed trees and power lines.

The winds are expected to subside in the area Thursday.

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