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Rain was falling directly on kitchen counters in roofless mobile homes outside Vero Beach. Farther inland, green, unripe grapefruit rode the white-capping swells in citrus groves, like lumber rolling down a river.
It was all the work of Hurricane Frances. If the storm's apathetic wobble through Florida on Saturday and Sunday disappointed those seeking extreme-weather visuals, it still provided plenty of genuine devastation for those in its path. On Sunday afternoon, as the wind and rain eased and National Guard trucks rolled into town, Bill Ransom, public safety sergeant for a beachfront sliver called Indian River Shores, one of Florida's most affluent communities, said early reports suggested his area had suffered relatively little.
Later reports said some beachfront communities had suffered serious damage but, said Deputy Joe Flescher of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, "certainly far less than we had anticipated. Instead, Hurricane Frances caused a selective and unsympathetic kind of ruin. Many mobile homes just off U. Lucie Counties were destroyed. Their roofs and walls had collapsed, leaving coffee pots to catch the rain. Along inland rural ro, cows climbed to higher ground in flooded fields.
Shredded citrus trees rose through knee deep currents that covered some groves. Fruit fell far before anyone would have wanted to pick it. Power was out, water was off, and stores were closed across the region. Some drivers ran out of gas. One woman, Elizabeth Williams, waited in the rain beneath an overpass on Route 70 for someone to help fill her tank. She had stored extra fuel in her trunk but could not put together the two-part gas funnel by herself.
She had only one hand. Jeb Bush said shelters housed 85, people statewide on Saturday night. At the Fort Pierce Civic Center, converted since Thursday into a shelter for people with special medical needs, extensive ceiling leaks and an ominously rattling roof forced county workers and volunteers to move all people out of the main auditorium just as the storm's fiercest winds arrived about 11 p.
By midnight, elderly people on walkers and oxygen tubes hobbled over extension cords in the dark hallway where people had been moved. The rechargeable battery on a premature baby's apnea monitor was slowly dying until someone, somehow, found yet another cord. At one point, a man sitting nearby began trying to pull one of the monitor's plugs out of the extension cord. I need some juice, too!
Some who did not need electrical support were moved into cubicles of the county tax collector's office. One woman in a wheelchair slept face down on a desk. On Sunday morning, Bunny Richards, the St. Lucie County Health Department's nursing director, who is supervising the shelter, said she had heard news reports that people had died at the shelter as a result of the trouble.
No one had. For the most part everyone's been congenial.
She also said she was "hot", as in angry, that the county had provided what proved to be an inadequate facility. Samuel Ealy's small green wood-frame house lost roof tiles, and the tin roof on his shed partly peeled off. Ealy, 55, whose wife and kids left on Thursday to stay with a friend.
His home was spared, but, he said, "We watched the roofs fly by last night.
While some areas tried to enforce hour curfews, Indian River County allowed residents out between 2 p. Yet the region was paralyzed by -- and consumed with -- the storm. People called radio stations to ask when schools would be open, when power would be back on, when they could go home, how to purify water.
The answer to the first three: Hard to say. To the fourth: Add a few drops of unscented bleach to a gallon of water, shake, wait and serve. One caller noted that yet another hurricane, Ivan, was moving west toward the Caribbean. It may have done the least damage to those who have most.
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