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  • Carol Singh
    Dear Bob, It is especially comforting to be able to reach out to others in threatening situations, and for some the internet may be their only means of
    Message 1 of 15 , Sep 23, 2003
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      Dear Bob, It is especially comforting to be able to
      reach out to others in threatening situations, and for
      some the internet may be their only means of
      communication until Isabel passes. Our west end
      Richmond neighborhood has been hit hard--still no
      electric service, no usable water throughout Richmond
      and the tri-cities (Richmond, Hopewell, Petersburg)
      and all the eastern Virginia counties. It was really
      pathetic to listen on t.v. from work to all the
      well-meaning advice about boiling the water with no
      means of boiling anything! Those, like me, who stocked
      up on food (and the only perishables I had were lunch
      meat, margarine, and milk) did so only to throw it out
      with Monday's trash. Every steet in my area has been
      stripped of overhead power lines. Many houses are
      impaled on trees and condemned. Cars with roofs caved
      in line our streets. Power lines lie unravelled like
      balls of yarn the length of nearly every steet west of
      Three Chopt Road (bordering the University of Richmond
      and the Country Club of Virginia); Three Chopt itself
      is closed because of downed trees and unravelled power
      lines over half the length of the street. This street
      is the major access for thousands of people (Bon Air,
      Chesterfield, and all points South) coming into
      Richmond to work every day. Possibly half or more of
      our work force cannot get in to work because of felled
      trees and power lines. Other thousands lost homes and
      cars in the storm, and 19 died including a 27-year old
      computer specialist who stepped outside during the
      height of the storm to check with a relative on a
      fallen tree. That's when another falling tree struck
      him, killing him instantly. I'm lucky to have lost
      only trees--one of which fell on the power lines in my
      water-logged back yard and resulted in a power outage
      to thousands of additional homes as well as mine. This
      morning a tornado struck our area around 6a.m. I
      awakened, figured something unexpectedly bad was
      happening when I heard the wind. Again, I experienced
      damage only to trees. Most of Richmond, Henrico, and
      Chesterfield County residents are eating every meal
      out and picking up free bottled water from
      distribution centers set up by our locales. Few
      restaurants and fast food businesses have any
      beverages to serve with their meals. One Shoney's
      where my sister and I often eat burned to the ground
      after a fire started in its attic because the fire
      trucks had no water. The firemen came and watched
      helplessly as it burned. About 800,000 Richmonders are
      still without electricity. Lines for breakfast alone
      at the fast food restaurants require on average an
      hour's wait inside and about the same at the
      drive-throughs. Yesterday, I went to McDonald's for
      breakfast before going to work in Chesterfield but had
      to settle for lunch after an hour's wait because the
      breakfast service ended. Only coffee to drink--suited
      me but not most of the parents with small children.
      Banks were closed because of inability to access
      accounts. Gas lines were half-hour or longer at the
      few stations open; no power at the others. A neighbor
      who turned 82 the day Isabel struck told me that in
      all her 50 years of living in our neighborhood she has
      seen nothing to compare with the devastation of
      Isabel. Our only consolation here is our contact with
      one another and ability to lend helping hands to the
      less fortunate. Like our Eastern N.C. ancestors, our
      faith, fighting spirit, and caring relatives, friends,
      and associates are our comfort. With so much going for
      us, we will come through this. The greatest blessings
      Isabel has brought are the caring and compassion of
      people for one another. Our area is especially
      appreciate of the Virginia Power workers from Georgia,
      Texas, Alabama, and other areas who have left their
      own homes to help us. Half our population has power
      restored and trees removed thanks largely to these
      wonderful people. As for the rest of us, Virginia
      Power says days or weeks from now, everything will be
      back to normal. Later, Carol
      --- Bob Forbes <bforbes@...> wrote:
      > Dear group and especially all of those in the path
      > of this storm,
      >
      > Despite the request from Trish yesterday (I think it
      > was Trish to hold off on the emails until the storm
      > passes), I'm going to take that to mean email
      > requests for research assistance or perhaps any
      > other topic that asks for response or does not
      > acknowledge the current weather situation. In any
      > case, I think it's important for those in the storm
      > who derive some comfort in maintaining
      > communications this way, to keep doing just that. I
      > am just south of Charlotte and well out of Isabel's
      > path. The weather here this morning (6:45 AM Thurs
      > 9/18/03) is still mostly clear, but strangely breezy
      > for this time of day, and there are bands of clouds
      > from Isabel across the sky. Locally, we are not
      > expected to get anything more than intermittent,
      > hard showers and maybe 30-35 mph gusts. The
      > situation north and east of us, including Pitt
      > County and especially the NC counties north and east
      > of it, is much different. Most of us have friends
      > and relatives there, and my prayers are with all of
      > you.
      >
      > Again, for those who are in the storm and who derive
      > some comfort by communicating with this group, and
      > have electrical power to do it by, please continue.
      > By the way, on the generator power issue (since I've
      > been educated some along those lines), people whose
      > computers are protected by adequate surge protectors
      > (and I know there is uncertainty in the definition
      > of "adequate") are going to be fine, with the
      > notable exception of close lightening strikes.
      > Generators simulate AC power, which a computer
      > converts to DC anyway, so computers don't really
      > "notice" the difference between a generator supply
      > or the normal utility supply (again, with the caveat
      > that it's a properly-operating, "adequate"
      > generator). So with the exception of lightening
      > (which nothing can protect against if it strikes
      > close enough), those with power or back-up generator
      > power will be fine to keep using their computers.
      >
      > Of course, I realize that first priority for all of
      > you during the storm is your own protection, your
      > immediate family, and other close friends so you may
      > not have the time to write anyway, but for those who
      > desire (and are able) to stay in touch, know that
      > there are others in the group who will listen and
      > empathize and even pray with you. I certainly will.
      >
      > With thoughts & prayers today,
      >
      > Bob Forbes
      > bforbes@...
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Cvbeck
      > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:18 PM
      > Subject: RE: [genpcncfir] Storm
      >
      >
      > Hey Guys, I live in Rocky Mount, just west of
      > Edgecombe County. I'm a
      > 1/2 mile from the Tar River. In 1999 - We were
      > flooded by Floyd. I've
      > tried so hard this week to let GOD have my
      > worries, but its been hard.
      > My 10 year old asked me to help her put her
      > favorite playthings and
      > clothes up high so when it floods in the house,
      > her things will be safe.
      > It nearly broke my heart. On the outside I'm A -
      > OK, on the inside I'm
      > a little nervous, apprehensive and (since I'm half
      > Varnell) p'd off to
      > be going through this type of storm again.
      > However, GOD is with me and
      > will protect me and all of us. We just have to
      > trust in him and I know
      > - that as long as I have HIM and my Hubby and my
      > daughter, should I have
      > to start over - I can! I appreciate the love and
      > caring this group has
      > provided. I'm so proud to count you all as my
      > extended family and thank
      > you all for your prayers. We are strong and we
      > will batten down the
      > hatches and Eastern NC and VA will make it through
      > this. :)
      >
      > As disheartened as I may have sounded in the above
      > paragraph, I know
      > that with all our loss in 1999 - I didn't loose 1
      > thing that I'll be
      > able to carry over with me when I'm gone...and I
      > learned how truly
      > loving and kind my family and friends can be. I'm
      > truly blessed and
      > thank you all for your kindness. The genealogy
      > work I've done since
      > that time <1999> (and that's when I started it)
      > was my therapy. Instead
      > of being depressed - I would dig into learning
      > more about my family and
      > go visit with older folks and listen to their
      > lives. I have several new
      > sets of grandparents (honorary) now and I love
      > them as I do the ones
      > I've grown up with. :)
      >
      > And just for grins....here's a story that was told
      > to me last night. My
      > mother in law created a book on her husbands
      > family. She gave one to
      > her sister in law Fern. Fern was talking with a
      > friend of hers and told
      > her friend "Tootsie has made me the most wonderful
      > GYNECOLOGY book!" (I
      > love it when people say the wrong words) snicker
      > snicker. My Mother in
      > law couldn't wait to recant the story to me - as
      > she knew as a fellow
      > GYNECOLOGIST, I would enjoy it. I couldn't stop
      > laughing! I told my
      > mother in law - I would be a genealogist forever -
      > but would pass on the
      > title of Gynecologist! LOL!
      >
      > Now - All of you take care and I'll catch up with
      > you on Friday (if we
      > have electricity - I'm not sure generators are
      > kind to Computer
      > Equipment). I have to backup my Family Tree now.
      >
      > Sincerely, Charlotte Varnell Beck
      >
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Rhet Wilkinson [mailto:rhet@...]
      > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 10:57 PM
      > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] Storm
      >
      >
      > I am also in Halifax County NC and in the direct
      > path of the storm. In
      > addition we have a home on the Outer Banks but
      > that is a bit north of
      > where land fall is suppose to be. We have a
      > wooded lot with lots of
      > glass, but have weathered storms where we have
      > lost a dozen or more
      > trees, but all fell away from the house. If the
      > Lord is willing this
      > storm will be as kind as the others have been.
      > Thank you all for your
      > concern. Rhet
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: Marjorie Gardiner
      > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 8:51 PM
      > Subject: [genpcncfir] Storm
      >
      >
      > Hello Billy and all concerned Friends,
      > Thanks to everyone for their prayers and
      > concerns for those of us in
      > the path of the storm. I live about 10 miles west
      > of Roanoke Rapids up
      > on Lake Gaston. Our house is about 45% glass. If
      > we had it to do over
      > we would never have that much glass put in. The
      > whole front is almost
      > glass from the basement up to the peak of the
      > roof. It is very pretty
      > but is dangerous in storms. Also a pain to keep
      > clean. The eye of the
      > storm is suppose to be over Roanoke Rapids about
      > 9:00 PM Thursday night
      > if it continues on the path that it is headed
      > toward. We keep praying
      > that it will turn eastward like everyone else.
      > Good luck to everyone
      > and God Bless all of you. Marjorie
      >
      >
      >
      > Marjorie &/or/ Bunny
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      > address
      >
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    • Carol Singh
      Dear Bob, Pardon the typo--Our area is especially apppreciative (not appreciate--can t see the entire page on these emails, DRAT it!) of our Virginia Power
      Message 2 of 15 , Sep 23, 2003
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        Dear Bob, Pardon the typo--Our area is especially
        apppreciative (not appreciate--can't see the entire
        page on these emails, DRAT it!) of our Virginia Power
        employees from neighboring states and not so
        neighboring states who have come to our assistance.
        Otherwise, I fear it would be January before all of us
        got power restored. Later, Carol
        --- Carol Singh <csinghworthington@...> wrote:
        > Dear Bob, It is especially comforting to be able to
        > reach out to others in threatening situations, and
        > for
        > some the internet may be their only means of
        > communication until Isabel passes. Our west end
        > Richmond neighborhood has been hit hard--still no
        > electric service, no usable water throughout
        > Richmond
        > and the tri-cities (Richmond, Hopewell, Petersburg)
        > and all the eastern Virginia counties. It was really
        > pathetic to listen on t.v. from work to all the
        > well-meaning advice about boiling the water with no
        > means of boiling anything! Those, like me, who
        > stocked
        > up on food (and the only perishables I had were
        > lunch
        > meat, margarine, and milk) did so only to throw it
        > out
        > with Monday's trash. Every steet in my area has been
        > stripped of overhead power lines. Many houses are
        > impaled on trees and condemned. Cars with roofs
        > caved
        > in line our streets. Power lines lie unravelled like
        > balls of yarn the length of nearly every steet west
        > of
        > Three Chopt Road (bordering the University of
        > Richmond
        > and the Country Club of Virginia); Three Chopt
        > itself
        > is closed because of downed trees and unravelled
        > power
        > lines over half the length of the street. This
        > street
        > is the major access for thousands of people (Bon
        > Air,
        > Chesterfield, and all points South) coming into
        > Richmond to work every day. Possibly half or more of
        > our work force cannot get in to work because of
        > felled
        > trees and power lines. Other thousands lost homes
        > and
        > cars in the storm, and 19 died including a 27-year
        > old
        > computer specialist who stepped outside during the
        > height of the storm to check with a relative on a
        > fallen tree. That's when another falling tree struck
        > him, killing him instantly. I'm lucky to have lost
        > only trees--one of which fell on the power lines in
        > my
        > water-logged back yard and resulted in a power
        > outage
        > to thousands of additional homes as well as mine.
        > This
        > morning a tornado struck our area around 6a.m. I
        > awakened, figured something unexpectedly bad was
        > happening when I heard the wind. Again, I
        > experienced
        > damage only to trees. Most of Richmond, Henrico, and
        > Chesterfield County residents are eating every meal
        > out and picking up free bottled water from
        > distribution centers set up by our locales. Few
        > restaurants and fast food businesses have any
        > beverages to serve with their meals. One Shoney's
        > where my sister and I often eat burned to the ground
        > after a fire started in its attic because the fire
        > trucks had no water. The firemen came and watched
        > helplessly as it burned. About 800,000 Richmonders
        > are
        > still without electricity. Lines for breakfast alone
        > at the fast food restaurants require on average an
        > hour's wait inside and about the same at the
        > drive-throughs. Yesterday, I went to McDonald's for
        > breakfast before going to work in Chesterfield but
        > had
        > to settle for lunch after an hour's wait because the
        > breakfast service ended. Only coffee to
        > drink--suited
        > me but not most of the parents with small children.
        > Banks were closed because of inability to access
        > accounts. Gas lines were half-hour or longer at the
        > few stations open; no power at the others. A
        > neighbor
        > who turned 82 the day Isabel struck told me that in
        > all her 50 years of living in our neighborhood she
        > has
        > seen nothing to compare with the devastation of
        > Isabel. Our only consolation here is our contact
        > with
        > one another and ability to lend helping hands to the
        > less fortunate. Like our Eastern N.C. ancestors, our
        > faith, fighting spirit, and caring relatives,
        > friends,
        > and associates are our comfort. With so much going
        > for
        > us, we will come through this. The greatest
        > blessings
        > Isabel has brought are the caring and compassion of
        > people for one another. Our area is especially
        > appreciate of the Virginia Power workers from
        > Georgia,
        > Texas, Alabama, and other areas who have left their
        > own homes to help us. Half our population has power
        > restored and trees removed thanks largely to these
        > wonderful people. As for the rest of us, Virginia
        > Power says days or weeks from now, everything will
        > be
        > back to normal. Later, Carol
        > --- Bob Forbes <bforbes@...> wrote:
        > > Dear group and especially all of those in the path
        > > of this storm,
        > >
        > > Despite the request from Trish yesterday (I think
        > it
        > > was Trish to hold off on the emails until the
        > storm
        > > passes), I'm going to take that to mean email
        > > requests for research assistance or perhaps any
        > > other topic that asks for response or does not
        > > acknowledge the current weather situation. In any
        > > case, I think it's important for those in the
        > storm
        > > who derive some comfort in maintaining
        > > communications this way, to keep doing just that.
        > I
        > > am just south of Charlotte and well out of
        > Isabel's
        > > path. The weather here this morning (6:45 AM
        > Thurs
        > > 9/18/03) is still mostly clear, but strangely
        > breezy
        > > for this time of day, and there are bands of
        > clouds
        > > from Isabel across the sky. Locally, we are not
        > > expected to get anything more than intermittent,
        > > hard showers and maybe 30-35 mph gusts. The
        > > situation north and east of us, including Pitt
        > > County and especially the NC counties north and
        > east
        > > of it, is much different. Most of us have friends
        > > and relatives there, and my prayers are with all
        > of
        > > you.
        > >
        > > Again, for those who are in the storm and who
        > derive
        > > some comfort by communicating with this group, and
        > > have electrical power to do it by, please
        > continue.
        > > By the way, on the generator power issue (since
        > I've
        > > been educated some along those lines), people
        > whose
        > > computers are protected by adequate surge
        > protectors
        > > (and I know there is uncertainty in the definition
        > > of "adequate") are going to be fine, with the
        > > notable exception of close lightening strikes.
        > > Generators simulate AC power, which a computer
        > > converts to DC anyway, so computers don't really
        > > "notice" the difference between a generator supply
        > > or the normal utility supply (again, with the
        > caveat
        > > that it's a properly-operating, "adequate"
        > > generator). So with the exception of lightening
        > > (which nothing can protect against if it strikes
        > > close enough), those with power or back-up
        > generator
        > > power will be fine to keep using their computers.
        > >
        > > Of course, I realize that first priority for all
        > of
        > > you during the storm is your own protection, your
        > > immediate family, and other close friends so you
        > may
        > > not have the time to write anyway, but for those
        > who
        > > desire (and are able) to stay in touch, know that
        > > there are others in the group who will listen and
        > > empathize and even pray with you. I certainly
        > will.
        > >
        > > With thoughts & prayers today,
        > >
        > > Bob Forbes
        > > bforbes@...
        > > ----- Original Message -----
        > > From: Cvbeck
        > > To: genpcncfir@yahoogroups.com
        > > Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 11:18 PM
        > > Subject: RE: [genpcncfir] Storm
        > >
        > >
        > > Hey Guys, I live in Rocky Mount, just west of
        > > Edgecombe County. I'm a
        > > 1/2 mile from the Tar River. In 1999 - We were
        > > flooded by Floyd. I've
        > > tried so hard this week to let GOD have my
        > > worries, but its been hard.
        > > My 10 year old asked me to help her put her
        > > favorite playthings and
        > > clothes up high so when it floods in the house,
        >
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      • LdMel1@aol.com
        We people in Eastern, NC can sympathize with you and others in your loss. I do pray that things will get repaired and back in place quickly. During Hurricane
        Message 3 of 15 , Sep 23, 2003
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          We people in Eastern, NC can sympathize with you and others in your loss. I
          do pray that things will get repaired and back in place quickly. During
          Hurricane Floyd we experienced a 500 yr. flood and words can't describe the
          devastation in our area.
          Lots of people died, homes and everything they had were lost. We pray for
          all of you.
          Linda Melvin


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