GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Local leaders are saying it could take a while to get things back to normal after Sunday night's storms and tornado.

School Superintendent Sharon Contreras spoke on the 16 Guilford County Schools without power due to the storm. She stated all Guilford County Schools would be closed on Tuesday as well. 

As of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, over 20,000 people in Guilford County did not have power. The City of Greensboro also identified 20 homes and businesses that were destroyed by the event.

Duke Energy officials say 13 sub stations were hit by the storm, with one of those suppling power to more than 10,000 homes and businesses.

The city has put in place an emergency operation center at the Glenwood Recreation Center and will be open as long as possible.

Gov. Roy Cooper also spoke with community leaders about the efforts to clean up the damage and help those in need.

"Thank God school was not in session when this storm hit," said Cooper, in relation to damage caused to several local schools.

Those volunteering were asked to be careful as they head out into the community and watch out for downed power lines.

"I know we can get through if we do it together," said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan.


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