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Siouxland schools got out early in preparation for Wednesday storm

Students head home before a winter thunderstorm moved across the Siouxland area Wednesday night.
Students head home before a winter thunderstorm moved across the Siouxland area Wednesday night.(KTIV)
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 7:59 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Many area schools closed or released early because of a winter thunderstorm administrators say they’d never seen before.

One school administrator told KTIV News 4 that he was relying on weather predications in sending students home, even as it was bright and sunny around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

“We felt it best to get everyone to their home shelter. As soon as we can, before that weather event occurs,” said Dr. Paul Gausman, superintendent of Sioux City Community schools. “Of course it’s tough to do that. It’s sunny but we need to trust those scientists and their predictions.”

Ultimately, multiple tornadoes warnings were issued across the area, sometimes three or four at one time. Parents at North High School waiting to pickup their students said they were glad the district called an early release. “Better safe than sorry” was a common refrain.

Students said they were surprised.

“You don’t really hear about that too often. But I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m too disappointed about getting out early, but it just feels weird. You know?” said Declan Coughlin, a student.

Angel Godinez, another student, said the district was showing concern for students’ safety.

“You know, (I’m) worried about our safety and the wind, the heavy wind advisory,” he said.

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