A year ago the school welcomed students and families displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
Melendez captured the footage during a Facebook Live video, soon after Category 4 Hurricane Michael - packing 155 miles per hour winds - became the third-strongest cyclone to make landfall in USA history.
At least two deaths have been blamed on Michael as it blasted Florida and Georgia.
Almost 950,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on yesterday.
North Carolina authorities say a driver has died after a tree fell on his vehicle as Michael's wind and rain lashed the state, according to the Associated Press.
A Florida man was killed when a tree crashed through his home in Greensboro and trapped him, according to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower. "Roofs are gone", Principal Britt Smith told CNN after talking by phone with some of those who did not evacuate.
Tropical Storm Michael is bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flash flooding over portions of North Carolina and Virginia before heading off into the Atlantic Ocean, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. Downed power lines lay almost everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.
The hurricane, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the USA mainland, left at least two people dead.
Brad Rippey, a meteorologist for the U.S. Agriculture Department, said Michael had severely damaged cotton, timber, pecan and peanuts, causing estimated liabilities as high as $1.9 billion and affecting up to 3.7 million crop acres (1.5 million hectares).
Hurricane Michael is the strongest storm to make landfall in the continental United States in nearly half a century, and the strongest hurricane ever to hit in October.