First day of school postponed due to Hurricane Irene (Amy Farb)

All Howard County public schools were closed on Monday, August 29, 2011, which was to be the first day of the 2011-2012 school year. The closings were due to county-wide power outages caused by Hurricane Irene, a category 1 hurricane that hit Maryland on Saturday evening and lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning.

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