Good news for Alabama schools systems, some that have missed classes for over a week because of the tornados. The Alabama House has given final approval to a bill that could prevent tornado victims from having to go to school in June. The Senate today approved the bill that gives school systems more flexibility in making up days lost due to storms. The bill allows school systems that had to cancel classes because of last week's storms, to make up those days by adding hours to school days. It also allows the state superintendent of education the authority to allow some school systems to not make up all of the lost days at all. The bill now goes to Governor Robert Bentley for his approval.
A small number of Huntsville residents are still without power. Huntsville Utilities reports that there are approximately 700 reported outages, mainly residential customers and small businesses. You are still being asked to continue to conserve energy. Keep your thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees. They say the peak usage hours for electric consumption are 2 to 8 p.m., and are asking that you refrain from using the air conditioner and other unnecessary appliances during this time frame if at all possible.
This is a difficult time for many of our neighbors and so many of you have already reached out to help in any way you can. But the need is still great. And we want to encourage anyone who wants to volunteer to call into The WAFF Road to Recovery Valley Volunteer-a-Thon this Saturday, May 7th between 6:30 and 10:30. We are asking you to call into our phone bank where operators will be standing by to take your pledge of time. We are trying to over 480 thousand hours of volunteer time. When you call, our operators will tell take your name, location and any special skills you might have and how much time you can donate. We will forward your information to the organization that is organizing volunteer efforts across the state. You can find more information on our website waff.com or on our WAFF Facebook page. You can also pledge your hours early by signing up online.
Join us tonight at 5, 6 and 10. As we continue to share the stories along Alabama's Road to Recovery. Tonight at 5 meet a family who not only survived one tornado, but lived to tell the story of the second devastating hit. They are picking up the pieces and still trying to decide whether to rebuild or find some other area to call home. We will also share the heartwarming stories of your neighbors who continue to roll up their sleeves and help those in need.
We have a very special story about a local baseball team that is really stepping up to plate to help storm victims.
I'll see you tonight at 6 and 10.