This note recently went out to parents of Lee County students: “Students are safe within schools. Classes that occur in portables have been moved indoors. Avoid coming to school at this time to pick up child. Stay off the roads.”
A spokesman for Collier County Schools said a few school buildings are without power during the storms. Greg Turchetta said the administration building along with Osceola Elementary School, Poinciana Elementary School and Barron Collier High School are all without power.
A power outage at the Hollywood 20 Regal Cinema on Hollywood Boulevard in North Naples is forcing patrons to leave the theaters.
UPDATE: National Weather Service issues significant weather advisory for winds, development of funnel clouds for southeastern Collier until 2:30 p.m.
The Village School sent this notice to parents today regarding the storms:
"Earlier today around lunchtime, Collier County was under a tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning. Although the most severe weather was north of us, we followed our weather alert protocol and kept all students safely within the buildings. As a result, the normal operations of the school day were interrupted until the warnings were lifted. Some students had lunch in their classroom/alternate location or were required to stay in certain places longer than usual. We take the safety of our children very seriously and wanted you to be aware of this protocol that happened today."