I've been offline for the past 3 days. It seems that Hurricane Ike, before it eventually died, passed through our area (greater Cincinnati) Sunday afternoon with sustained winds of 70+ mph which lasted for about 4 hours (but very little rain!) When it finally subsided, around 6:00 p.m., there were approximately 800,000 people without power. Compounding the problem was that the local power company had sent half of their work force to Texas to assist in the recovery efforts there. As of this afternoon they are saying a little less than 200,000 people are still without power. My power was out for 3 days and I lost all of the food in my refrigerator and freezer. But, on the bright side, I'm okay and the cats hardly can tell that anything has happened. Lots of trees are gone along with a lot of roofs but my old house survived okay.
The weather the past 3 days has been really mild which has really helped people in the cleanup effort.