Wayne County school officials will break ground Thursday for construction of 12 storm shelters. The shelters will be located at eight campuses of the school district.
Keith Clay, deputy school superintendent, said that when completed, the shelters will house nearly 5,200 students and faculty from six to eight hours during a tornado or other severe weather.
Emergency management officials say the shelters will withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and will be impact resistant to a flying object traveling at 100 mph horizontally.
The state and federal governments and the school district are paying for the shelters, which cost $7.9 million.