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Robert phoned about 9:30 MI time tonight. They were comfortably settled in a motel in Jackson, TN, probably about 5 hours from Collegedale. They'd left the pets a little stressed but settling in. The cats headed for beds, but the dog cried when they left. But they figured the animals would be happier there than in cages with them all weekend.

Bob just phoned from Korea also. This weekend is Chusok, their equivalent of Thanksgiving, when everybody wants to head to their family home. People are being advised not to travel if they don't have to, as trains and such are full, so Bob figures on lying low. His Sunday class is canceled, too.

Posted by msj 18:58

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Glad to hear everyone is safe. Looks like Ike went north of Lake Jackson, so maybe their house was spared, any word on that yet?

by jl98584

They're camping in Great Smoky NP. They left phone messages last evening from Gatlinburg, before losing cell-phone contact, then again tonight when they came there to go online to check on damage. I was out both times. But they conclude what I have from looking online: that they'll be without power, maybe for weeks, but other damage may be a bit less than was expected. Of course, they could have a tree in their house, but the surge was less than predicted, etc. Authorities don't want them returning yet. They have their hands full clearing roads, dealing with evacuation of stupid people who refused to go and now are desperate, etc. They appreciate the various people who have asked about them, offered them lodging, etc.

by msj

9/24 - Kathy just called this afternoon. They are back home and the power has come back on. Thier home is fine, no flooding or damage - but there are lots of trees down & damaged in their yard. Dodged a bullet this time - Everyone is fine.

by jl98584

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