North Salem teacher killed in storm

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NORTH SALEM -

Grief counselors and a crisis team were at a North Salem high school Wednesday to help students and staff after a teacher was killed during Tuesday's storm.

School officials say North Salem High School art teacher Lauren Svendsen died on Tuesday in New Fairfield, Connecticut, when a tree fell on her car during the storm.

Svendsen's 3-year-old son was in the car when it was crushed by a tree. The little boy was not injured.

The official Twitter account of the North Salem NY Schools posted "Lauren enriched the lives of each one of us. Together we can keep her kindness and love of teaching art alive. #keepartalive"

Schools in North Salem were closed on Wednesday because numerous roads were closed due to downed trees and power lines. Schools opened today after a one-hour delay.

North Salem was hit hard by the storm Tuesday with a microburst where winds hit 80 mph.

Grief counselors and a crisis team will be working with the students and staff again on Friday.

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