My cousin Leslie and her family in Houston went to Austin for a wedding around the time of Ike; they are still waiting for power so they can return. But this news from Mom in Indiana threw me for a loop:
The remnants of Ike hit Indiana pretty hard. Nothing compared to Texas, of course. The devastation in Galveston and surrounding areas is hard to comprehend from a distance. Last Sunday we had high winds and rain. In fact, Indiana had the second highest death toll after Texas as a result of Ike. Five people died from falling trees and two others from other reasons. A number of schools were closed on Monday and some for another day or two. People were out of power too. Most of this was south of where we live. We only had small branches and twigs to pick up.
And to think Indiana is where we’ve taken refuge from two hurricanes. I always figured Indiana was so far inland as to be immune to serious damage from tropical systems, but obviously not. And there are still thousands of people in Indiana without electricity.