Just a quick note for those of you wondering what’s going on in Roanoke: There was some very strong wind in our area yesterday and as a result a lot (80,000) people are without power right now. The damage also caused quite a few fires in the area and some folks out in Bedford have had to evacuate their homes. A section of 81 was shut down temporarily because of the smoke, some traffic lights are out and there have been an unusual number of traffic accidents throughout the city.

Our house lost power yesterday afternoon and when it had not returned by 8pm we decided to head over to a friends house to spend the night. Evidently there were so many people without heat that the Red Cross opened up a shelter in the civic center. The news is reporting that power should return by Tuesday night, Wednesday at the latest.