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*