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January 27, 2014

Dangerous wind chill prompts school closure

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo County schools are closed today because of dangerous wind chill temperatures that could reach minus 20 degrees to minus 30 degrees, according to Superintendent Danny Tanoos.

On Monday morning, when wind chills were 11 degrees below zero, 17 buses had difficulty starting and other buses had frozen doors, both entry and emergency doors.

“We had one school experiencing some power issues, and one school had temperatures quite cold due to issues with wind [Sunday] night,” he said. The district started with a two-hour delay Monday.

Wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero would likely cause problems with bus fuel gelling, he said. Students and staff would likely have trouble starting cars.

Also, with many children walking to school, and some not properly dressed for the weather, they would be in danger of frostbite. “I don’t feel it’s worth the risk,” he said.

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