Between Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Lee, the school year is off to a rocky start. The first day of school for students, August 29, was delayed because of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Strong winds and rain forced the closure of roads by downed trees and loss of power. Hardly a week later, the remnants of Hurricane Lee combined with other weather systems to create three days of rain, creating flooding of historic proportions. Roads were flooded, many were damaged, and a state of emergency was declared. Overall, the rainfall totals exceeded 12 inches.
Severe damage was reported at Hershey Park. Many areas of Harrisburg were evacuated.
At this point, students will be coming to school on October 10, which was originally scheduled as the traditional Columbus Day holiday. There are no reports concerning the make up days for September 8 and 9 at this time.