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Daily News reporter Jessie Bonner is with Hurricane Wilma evacuees in Germain Arena.
Posted 10/24/2005 at 9:03 a.m. 0 comments
Fire alarms were tripped throughout the morning due to losses in power. Evacuees were already standing in lines that stretched the entire length of the concourse waiting for their breakfast, fruit and struedel, when an automated message blared over the loudspeakers at 7:58 a.m. telling them to report to the nearest exit.
Germain loses power
Posted 10/24/2005 at 6:29 a.m. 0 comments
We lost power for about 10 seconds at 6:05 a.m. and then completely about 10 minutes later. The generators have kicked on and people have gathered near the glass doors at the front entrance of the arena much like spectators at a sideshow. Water has begun to seep in under the doors.
Decaf or regular?
Posted 10/24/2005 at 5:23 a.m. 0 comments
The huge clock that sits above the Germain Arena hockey rink ticks like a time bomb. Evacuees here know Hurricane Wilma is about to take her course. Around 4:30 a.m. they began to commune around small television sets and watch Mother Nature bring down her assault. Reports put the storm 55 miles southeast of Naples with 125 mile-per-hour winds.
Cramped quarters ...
Posted 10/24/2005 at 12:00 a.m. 0 comments
There are signs the hectic day is winding down. Children have been dressed in their pajamas. Families are gathered in their respective corners. They've brought their PlayStations, their video games and their televisions. At the top of one couple's pile of videocassettes is "Twister."
Doctor sees similarities to Louisiana
Posted 10/23/2005 at 11:01 p.m. 0 comments
He returned from Louisiana a week and half ago after responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He came to Germain Arena this afternoon to find he is the only physician on staff as thousands of Southwest Florida residents sit on edge waiting for Hurricane Wilma to come through.
Cobb, others awaiting latest news
Posted 10/23/2005 at 10:56 p.m. 0 comments
Laura Cobb says It doesn't look good. But then again she can't see much. Too many people are blocking the television set up in a corner of Germain Area. Cobb is 80-years-old and confined to a wheelchair these days.