I called S. back soon after I woke up, and he was fine. They hadn't lost power at M.'s house, but they'd seen some electric transformers go in the distance, and seen the blue lights from them. Some of the county where M. lives is flood-prone, and there was a fair amount on the news about flooding in that county, but I guess M. lives on higher ground. I haven't ever been to his house, though I know a mall it's near. Some of the county where I live is flood-prone, too, so I suppose S. was as well off with M. as anywhere. S. said that his mother's house had lost power, but it was restored today.
S. said that the dining halls at [university] had been closed during the hurricane. I don't know if they lost power there, but S. said that most of the dorms have generators. I can imagine there will be some controversy about the dining halls being closed, but they wouldn't want cafeteria workers stuck there during the storm, or trying to drive in it. Hopefully the students had food in their dorm rooms.
Uly sent a couple of people he knew from AE e-mails via cell phone to say that three trees had come down in his family's yard, one smashing the roof. I think it was another tree -- I'm not sure if it was his -- that took out the power lines. The power was out at his house, anyway, and there was a tree in the road, so he couldn't get anywhere. He and his family are okay, though.
I went to the grocery store in the afternoon. Apparently Dad had been at the same grocery store at the same time, but we didn't see each other. It's a pretty big store. He brought home a lot of food.
S.M. called to say that she'd lost power Monday night, and had just gotten it back Wednesday afternoon. I should have called her to see how she was doing. She said that apparently there had been a tree down on a relatively major road near where she lives, so I'm not sure if she would have been able to get anywhere. A neighbor helped her get her garage door open today, and she went to a grocery store.
I still feel very fortunate that my family didn't lose power. I was as prepared as I could think of to be for it.
Later: I read the three previous books in a series and did the first editing read-through of the fourth. I'd worked on the first book in the series and remembered it fairly well, but I wanted it fresh in my memory.