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Hello from Hell

Actually, it's not so bad here in northern Indiana -- especially not when you consider it relative to about a third of the rest of the country. We had maybe 5 inches of snow, and it's not even drifting yet. The temperature's about 18 degrees, which is sadly warmer than what we've been used to recently. Some places just south of Fort Wayne are reporting close to a foot of new snow (on top of the old).

However, about 800,000 people are without electricity after the storm cut a crescent shaped swath from Texas all the way up to Maine in the northeast. 20 storm-related deaths have been reported, and a lot of people are suffering; some won't see power back for a week.

On a personal note, Emily's at her mom's home in southeast Missouri, and they've already been without power for about a day. They have heat, but their stove is electric and so is their water heater. Worse, there's no water anyway -- their community's water department has no backup generator, and the entire city has already been drained. They've been told not to expect electricity back for at least another day, and once it's on it'll take 8 hours or so to refill the water tanks; and then they'll be under a boil water advisory.

Not to mention they can't use the internet or power computers, and I don't know how long her cell phone will hold up. So, it would be appreciated if some good thoughts and prayers could be sent her way, as well as to everyone who's going through this.

Anyone tired of winter? *raises hand*

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elizalavelle
Jan. 28th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Boo urns to winter.

I send thoughts of warmth and water to Emily and her family and to everyone else who is in a crappy situation like that! Not fun for them at all!
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
No, no fun to speak of -- and a million people out of power! No fun at all.
irish_injun
Jan. 28th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Surely prayers for Emily and all involved...and for you Mark, for while they are without power, you are also powerless to do anything to help, and I do know how that feels. (((Mark)))
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
It's not a good feeling to be powerless, that's for sure.
deborahw37
Jan. 28th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yikes, sending good thoughts!
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks -- lots of people could use them!
lmzjewel
Jan. 28th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I will definately keep Emily in my thoughts and prayers and anyone else who has to deal with being without water, electricity, and heat. I live in the lower middle TN area so we did not get hit with the weather even as badly as Nashville got it. Although, we did get some snow and ice this morning and are under winter road advisoraries for tonight and tomorrow morning. I have been feeling so bad for the folks in Clarksville TN and all over Kentucky because they got nailed with snow and ice. So, I wondered how the folks on my flist further north were fairing in this mess. I hope everyone can stay safe and warm.
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Yes, those of us who were on one edge or another only got a taste of what the people in the bullseye were going through.
married_n_mich
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
*Raises hand and sending prayers*
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
If only we could vote winter out!
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angelus2hot
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's terrible. I'll keep Emily and her family in my prayers.
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks much.
boy_named_susie
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. Can winter be over NOW?

Sending good thoughts.
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I was finished with winter the day after Christmas ...
cbtreks
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
You and Irish are definitely singing the same song. I wonder if your lyrics are as colorful as his....

I'll definitely keep Emily and her family in my prayers. I hope they're not without power or water any longer than predicted.
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Yep, my lyrics were pretty colorful, too!
petzipellepingo
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Anyone tired of winter? *raises hand*
Petzi Sis is so peeved that she took all her snowman decorations down to the fruit cellar on Sunday and brought up the Spring stuff.

Sending along good vibes to Emily and everyone else without power these days.

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opalescence
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
*giggles* about Petzi Sis.
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opalescence
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Brrrrrr! *raises hand*
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
The eyes have it!
winsomeone
Jan. 29th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Oh how horrible!

Sending warm thoughts to Emily and her family.
ozma914
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks -- and lets hope things warm up soon!
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ozma914
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
It might not have been quite as bad if the temperature had been just a few degrees colder -- it's the ice that caused most of the problems, rather than the snow. In fact, an ice storm is the one and only time when I'd prefer to see snow.
spikereader
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I haven't seen anything on this on UK news. Sending good warm thoughts in Emily's (and everyone else affected) direction.
ozma914
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Really? They're already calling this The Storm of 2009; I'm surprised it didn't make the international news. Lots of other stuff has been going on, though!
kevenn
Jan. 29th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when it comes to winter, I totally want to quit that bitch.
ozma914
Jan. 30th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
I don't use the word "bitch" often, but that's exactly what winter is.
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