NORFOLK - The overnight storm knocked out power at Norfolk's Maury High School.

Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Bonita Harris told an overhead device at 21st St. and Llewellyn Avenue caught on fire.

School officials say crews have been working to fix the problem, but by 11:30 a.m., the power still wasn't back so they decided to send students home.

'The building has held its heat this morning and a generator has been able to provide partial power to the building, but not enough power to continue instruction for the day,' Schools spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather told

Buses were sent from the transportation depot to pick up the students at the school on Shirley Avenue and take them home.

School officials say Maury's seventh bell exams will take place after the teacher work day on January 25. They stress that students' grades will not be affected by the rescheduling.

Harris says the outage also impacted Ghent Elementary School, the Virginian-Pilot and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Mather stated that Ghent ES's power was restored soon enough that classes could continue.

Harris says Dominion crews are working to fix the problem.

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