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School resumes after wind takes out cafeteria roof

Emergency officials said the cafeteria at Keolu Elementary School remains structurally sound enough to serve as an emergency shelter.

By Ben Hooper

KAILUA, Hawaii, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Education officials in Hawaii said students returned to an Oahu school Wednesday after strong winds ripped the roof off of the cafeteria.

The Hawaii State Department of Education said about 50 first and second graders were in the Keolu Elementary School cafeteria Monday in Kailua when gusty winds tore off the roof, but no injuries were reported.

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The top of the roof and insulation were ripped off by the winds, but the interior ceiling remained intact and there were no holes, officials said.

The school was closed Tuesday while officials assessed the damage and cleared the debris. Officials said meal service is being moved to another building while repairs are in progress.

Emergency officials said the cafeteria, which is listed by the state as an emergency shelter, is still structurally sound enough to house residents during a disaster.

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