Businesses, schools, roads remain closed in storm's aftermath

Posted April 18, 2011 4:18 a.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2011 3:51 p.m. EDT

— Schools, universities and government offices were closed across central North Carolina Monday as the cleanup continues from a swarm of tornadoes that swept the region Saturday afternoon. 

Shaw University in Raleigh has suspended classes for the duration of the spring semester due to severe damage to numerous buildings in and around campus. Athletics will continue as scheduled.

St. Augustine's College, 1315 Oakwood Ave. in Raleigh, will be closed Monday. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday. The cafeteria will operate on a holiday schedule and the library will be open.

Five schools in Wake County will be closed Monday due to storm damage: Harris Creek Elementary, Moore Square Middle, Holly Grove Elementary, Holly Grove Middle and Holly Springs Elementary.

The state headquarters for the Division of Motor Vehicles, 1100 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh, will be closed Monday due to roof and structural damage caused by the storm, a DMV spokeswoman said. The building is still without power. DMV employees were asked to stay home from work. 

Holly Springs town offices were without power late Sunday and will be closed Monday.

Greene County schools will be closed Monday. A tornado demolished Greene County Middle School Saturday and school officials have not commented on what they will do to accommodate the school's 600 students.

Wake Technical Community College canceled classes at the Adult Education Center and its annex for Monday due to a power outage. All other Wake Tech campuses will have classes as usual. 
Schools in the Union District of Sampson County will be closed Monday, a school district spokeswoman said. Schools in the Hobbton, Midway and Lakewood districts will open on a two-hour delay.
Sampson County Community College will be closed as well.
Harnett and Cumberland County schools operated on a two-hour delay Monday, officials said Sunday. Pine Forest High School and Ben Martin Elementary School in Cumberland County –both of which were heavily damaged – were closed. Ben Martin was expected to be closed again Tuesday while leaders decide what to do. 
Fort Bragg, including Fort Bragg schools, will operate on a two-hour delay for all Army employees, except adverse weather personnel.
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In Raleigh, the following roads are closed due to downed power lines:
  • Maywood Avenue between Lake Wheeler Road and South Saunders Street;
  • Forestville Road between Mitchell Mill Road and Old Watkins Road;
  • Serendipity Drive
  • Edenton Street between Tarboro Road and Idlewild Avenue
  • Carolina Pines Avenue closed between Lake Wheeler Road and Henslowe Street;
  • Buffaloe Road is closed between New Hope Road and Westminster Drive.