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Power outage strikes 4 Fairfax County schools for several hours

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Four schools in Fairfax County were without power for hours Thursday morning, after the school system had opened on a two-hour delay due to frigid weather conditions.

The outage struck Falls Church High School as well as three elementary schools: Graham Road Elementary, Timber Lane Elementary and Westlawn Elementary. The Twitter account for the high school tweeted at 9:30 a.m., "Falls Church High School is currently out of power. We have been in contact with Dominion Energy and the outage has effected the neighborhood area. We will be having school as planned beginning at 10:10am."

In an email to parents, assistant superintendent Fabio Zuluaga assured them that they were monitoring the temperatures of the buildings and had determined they would be fine as long as the outage wasn't prolonged.

"We do have safety plans in place to relocate students to other schools should the buildings become too cold for occupancy," Zuluaga said. "This was not the case today."

A Falls Church High School student tweeted a photo around 10:30 a.m. Thursday that showed students sitting in a dark hallway, adding that they had to leave their classroom because it was "too cold."

At 12:36 p.m., the school's Twitter reported that power had been restored.

Fairfax County Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay on Friday.

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