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Tornado clean-up underway at Harris County High School

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

An EF-2 tornado passed right over Harris County High School Wednesday afternoon while students were in class, and remarkably there wasn't a single injury at the school.

Instead of buses pulling up to Harris County High School, the parking lot was full of power trucks and construction workers, trying to restore the high school to what it looked like before the tornado hit.

High school junior Morgan Keating recalled, "The skies were still clear, just like it is here today, then all of a sudden the skies got dark and it rained sideways. I was in Spanish class and the windows started shaking violently and we saw spirals outside."

Teachers ushered students into hallways and interior rooms after the warnings were issued.

"I was in the hallways and all of a sudden our teachers came out into the hallways and told us to get into the position we were taught whenever a tornado was coming," explained Harris County High School sophomore McKenzie Crumley.

The school's atrium and gymnasium sustained the worse damage. Principal Roger Couch told News Leader Nine, "They did a great job. We had 1,500 students and 85 teachers. They responded to the weather situation with power outages and the lights out and it was dramatic for two minutes then it was over."

Harris County schools have been canceled until the Monday following Thanksgiving, giving administrators enough time to ensure the building is safe enough for students to return. Couch said, "We anticipate it will be or at least in a situation where we can use it, but that will be up to the state fire marshal."

The principal says he understands people want to come and check out the damage, but he urges everyone to stay away for safety reasons.

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