Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Power Outages Holding on in Southeast

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Power Outages Holding on in Southeast

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The weather has not been kind to Ron Holmes of Nashville.

In an ice storm last month, he fell and broke his leg in five places. On Monday, he was in a shelter for people who have been without power for at least four days.

In fact, about 129,000 Tennessee households and businesses were still without electricity Monday since the storm coated trees and power lines Thursday with several inches of ice, said Cecil Whaley of Tennessee's Emergency Management Agency.

Holmes, a construction worker in Nashville, said he stuck it out without electricity at home on Friday and Saturday, "but it just got too cold. I've lived in Nashville 14 years, but Florida sounds pretty good right now."

People seeking shelter in Nashville found new friends and pulled together in the close quarters. "It's a blessing to be here," said Sally Carlson. "When you first come in, you try to figure out who's who. We've all gotten along pretty good. There was a young man who brought some games in and another young lady that has cards. …

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