Storm Damage Causes Unexpected Closure, Saturday

10:47 PM, Aug 10, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -  The Greensboro Science Center will be closed Sunday, August 11, due to storm damage.

The Center's Executive Director told WFMY News 2, the closure will translate into a $20,000 loss in revenue.

Glenn Dobrogosz,  who spoke exclusively with Liz Crawford, Saturday night says that it was a frantic 5-hours after a transformer got hit by lightning.

"We were worried about our animals. That's really what it comes down to. We have invested a lot of passion, time, and money into about $200,000 worth of very valuable fish. We love our fish," said Dobrogosz.

He says the first task was to evacuate people and the second task was to ensure animal safety. Dobrogosz says all the animals are okay, but workers will spend the night there making sure there are no changes in water quality.

The Center will reopen on Monday.

Those people who evacuated the science center when the power hit can come back and visit for free with their receipt.

The center was suppossed to reach their 100,000th visitor since the SciQuarium opened just over a month ago on Monday. Now, with Sunday's closure, it looks more like Tuesday or Wednesday will bring the 100,000th visitor.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warnings started out west in Surry and Yadkin counties and moved through the Triad into the evening. The radar indicated several strong thunderstorms in the area. This system was moving east at 10 mph.

There was lightning and wind gusts up to 58 mph, both capable of knocking down tree limbs and blowing around trash cans, potted plants and lawn furniture.

There were storm damage reports near the Science Center on Saturday Afternoon. No word how long the center will be closed.

WFMY News 2

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