As of this afternoon 307,000 residences in my state are still without power. 3 out of 4 of my brothers have no power (the fourth is in the big city where it was just a few degrees warmer and didn't freeze), my grandfather in the next state down has no power, but has gone to stay with my aunt downstairs who has a gas stove, and my in-laws all have no power. My MIL and FIL have gone to a hotel because my FIL is recovering from knee replacement surgery and his therapy machine needs power to work. My brother S found out from the power company tonight that his power should be back Thursday. They packed up and have gone into the city to stay with friends in the duration. The HS where he works is being used as a shelter and they already called off school Monday.
I consider myself lucky to have heat and lights and the internet. Parts of my town are still in the dark. Our town is kind of like a bowl. The center of town where I am, is lit up. The rest of the town goes up hills (the sides of the bowl) and the higher up you went, the worse the damage and ice was. Those hills are without power but they are working diligently to get it back. The next town over has no access out of town as the road out (that leads to our town) is littered with fallen trees and power lines. The whole town has no power. One of my co workers who lives a few towns over called today and they were told they might have their power back in a week. Out of the 8 towns in our school district, 1.5 have power. I'm not holding my breath that we will have school Monday.
Mr. Man went out and took these photos this morning. We got very little ice compared to the hills of our town where it's like a whole different world (so bizarre that you can have two totally different situations in the same town) and I can't imagine how isolated those people feel. Many of them had to cut down trees just to get out of their driveways. I used to want half a foot of snow for Christmas. Now I just want the ice to melt and for people to be safe and warm. It's supposed to be warmer tomorrow (36F) and it's going to be even warmer on Monday. (50f). Tomorrow we will get back to our regularly scheduled blogging, and I'll tell you about how I agreed to knit a sweater at the list minute for a gift. In fact, I need to get started on that now.