Talking to Miami, while listening to CNN
I was listening to CNN yesterday afternoon and became rather alarmed. After Wilma, wait frustrates Floridians. Residents line up for supplies; U.S. death toll doubles to 10
Meanwhile, residents in several cities again formed long lines Wednesday to get basic necessities, such as gasoline, water, ice and food. In some sites, supplies ran out.
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Many of those in line still had about half a tank of gas but were determined to fill up in case of fuel shortages.
I checked on some of the Florida bloggers: at Babalu, Val’s running out of gas for his generator, George needs a new roof, but Robert already has electricity. Steve doesn’t have electricity, but has beer.
I turned down the volume on the TV and called the Florida relatives.
The relatives weren’t home so I tried their work numbers, and yes, they’re are back at work — their buildings have generators. The temps have been mild, so they’re not complaining. They had filled the cars’ gas tanks and bought gas for the grill well before the storm hit. Schools are closed but they got together so their kids are staying with a supervising grown-up. Their houses had minimal damage. They have running water (not heated, obviously). There was no flooding where they live.
Called other friends in FL. Situation same as the relatives’. One has electricity at home already.
Then I called Mom. I had already talked to her on Tuesday, but called yesterday anyway. Mom’s doing great, has no electricity at her house, but is comfortable without air-conditioning and was just about to call for takeout when I rang.
I turned off the TV.
Update Mom just called saying the electricity’s been restored.