Power outages impacting Jackson schools

RAVENSWOOD — Power is being restored in Jackson County, but schools are closed and warming stations are available if needed, officials said.

Today was the first day back to school for students in Jackson County and a two-hour delay was originally planned because of the cold temperatures, Superintendent Blaine Hess said.

“We were told power wouldn’t be back on until noon and that was just too long to go without power with kids in the building,” he said.

Appalachian Power’s website says 883 customers in Ravenswood are without power, and a total of 3,634 in the county, are without power. Restoration time is estimated at noon.

Jackson County 911 Director Walter Smittle said some warming stations have been set up if needed.

One is the Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department at 333 Virginia St., although Smittle said their generator went out around 9:15. That is being supplemented by the Jackson County EMS station at 100 Maple St.

The Silverton Volunteer Fire Department at 3562 Greenhills Road, Ravenswood, is also available, Smittle said.