High and forceful winds blew over power poles and stoplights in Bozeman Wednesday. The winds were so strong electricity to schools was knocked out.
The loss of electricity caused headaches for drivers from Main Street to North 19th.
NBC Montana was out on the scene Wednesday when wind gusts had kicked up so high that trees and branches were falling down. A power pole hit a building on 15th Street.
Bozeman High School lost power just around 1:30 p.m. Students had classes in the dark.
Van Wright, a student at Bozeman High School, told us Wednesday's winds made him just a little afraid.
"It's scary. I don't know what's going to happen, but I think it's going to be alright," said Wright.
Mike Ruyle is the Bozeman High School assistant principal who told NBC Montana students and staff remained calm thoughout the power outage.
He told us, "1,900 kids and 150 staff did a great job. We're looking at this as an adventure."
Ruyle says the power went out just before classes ended. He says that's when he knew it was time to take on the role as a traffic director.
"[We had a] bunch of kids leaving this lot heading onto Main Street with traffic lights out," said Ruyle.
Winds were so strong at least three power poles were knocked over. Bozeman Fire Chief Mark Criner told us he was called in right when the power went out at the high school, after the pole hit the building on 15th Street.
"It was about 1:30 this afternoon we got the call the pole hit against the building," said Criner.
Van Wright had some good advice for drivers saying it's best to pay close attention to the roads when traffic lights are out.
"Simply be careful, look out both ways and know that it's dangerous," said Wright