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RE: Whew! Frances is gone!


From: Hillmer, Jan (HillmJan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 06 2004 - 07:55:34 PDT

Whew! We are back with power. Right after I emailed you about making the roast for lunch, the electricity went out. My roast was yummy, but didn't have time to make the popcorn. We ended up being without power until an hour ago - around 20 hours . The wind was rough the last 24 hours. Perhaps the good thing is that it was not steady, but in gusts. I was somewhat frightened a few times during the night when large branches broke off trees and fell on our roof. The other interesting thing - at least to me - is that the storm seems so much more powerful when there's no power other than batteries in your house. Admittedly, the strength of the storm and loss of power go hand in hand.
 It makes me so happy that you both, Ann and Marsha, have weathered this thing ok. Ann, please let us know how your daughters faired.
 We, too have tons of debris in the yard. Haven't heard about schools yet. I'm hoping that we'll have tomorrow off to get stuff settled a bit, but schools have their own agendas, too, so we'll see. Mostly I am thankful that we here in FL. have weathered this fairly well. It looks like Frances was bigger, but not as horrible as Charlie was.
Thanks for all of the thougths and prayers.

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        Subject: Re: Whew! Frances is gone!
        In a message dated 9/6/2004 9:40:02 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

                It does look like you have had alot of damage around you.Do most of the people stay home and not evacuate?

        We have mandatory evacuations for costal areas and mobile homes. We also had curfews in the cities to thwart looters. Yes, there are low lifes out there.

                Good luck with your cleanup and with Ivan, I think that is the next one.

        It doesn't look like we will have as much to clean us as Charlie. We have one smaller tree down which we will raise and stake up.
        Are you in school now? Will you have some days off so everyone can get back to


        The coast had a lot of damage. I am presently waiting for the school to call us about tomorrow. The admins. are assessing the damage and will make that decision today. They are first taking a count of teachers that did & didn't have damage. Some of the areas that my students are in lost power. I don't know if the school is up & running. I know they have an emergency generator but wouldn't use that for a school day.
        There are presently 100 National Guard troops housed up in the gym so I guess that power would be a priority there.
        Marsha who saw the sun peeking through for a second.

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