Thirty-six of Horry County’s 51 public schools were without power as of Monday afternoon according to spokeswoman Teal Britton.
Roads around some of the schools were impassable, she said.
At Waterway Elementary School in North Myrtle Beach, part of the HVAC system was picked up by the wind and dropped back down, which tore a hole in a hallway ceiling, said Britton,
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Kreitner, North Myrtle Beach experienced a maximum wind gust of 70 mph at 5:44 p.m. Saturday.
At Horry County School's transportation office in Conway, power lines were down and part of the HVAC unit on the roof had been ripped apart.
Access inside the bundling was prohibited, but workers were moving out file cabinets, printers and fax machines, and loading them into a truck.
Britton said the building was “a loss.”
According to Kreitner, wind speed reached 48 mph in Conway.
Britton said that more information would be available Tuesday afternoon, but cautioned that the school board would have to be informed of the school damage before it was released publicly.
Both the Georgetown and Horry County school districts are closed through Wednesday, and both districts expect to make a decision on Wednesday regarding Thursday’s schedule.