Lightning knocks out power at Pasco school, classes in session


WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – Administrators at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel say students have already missed two days because of Hurricane Hermine, so school will remain in session despite a power outage.

The school’s main power source was hit by lightning on Sunday night. Withlacoochee Electric is installing a new transformer and expects power to be restored at the school by Tuesday.

School remains in session with windows and doors open to circulate air. The school does have lights, according to a Pasco County Schools spokesperson.

Students are receiving box lunches in the cafeteria along with bottled water. All water at the school is working except for the drinking fountains.

“Because we’ve already missed two days due to Hurricane Hermine, we would likely have to schedule a makeup day during Thanksgiving week break if we did not have school today. Teachers are continuing to teach, and we appreciate all of the students who have remained in school to learn today, despite the uncomfortable conditions,” said the school district on its Facebook page.

The school district says it will inform parents when power is restored.

Wiregrass Ranch High School is located at 2909 Mansfield Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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