August 31, 2014

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Storm stories: Readers share experiences

Note: The Progress asked readers via Facebook to share stories of their experiences during the recent storm.

“I spent The Storm in the dairy cooler at the Chief with 20 or so of my fellow Paulding-ites. I was in line to pay for a dozen or so items ... not a huge cartload ... when the power went out. I really wasn’t worried at all, just sooooooo thankful that it was finally going to RAIN!!!

When we shoppers and the Chief personnel saw the wind roar across the parking lot, we quickly abandoned the carts, the food, and the registers and moved to the back room.

“It was very dark, of course, and chilly in the cooler, with the only light from peoples’ cell phone screens. We could hear rain and hail on the roof. A couple of moms in the cooler had young children who were terrified by the dark, the storm sounds, and the tension in that small room. As the storm raged outside, those moms sat in a circle in the Chief cooler, cuddling their little ones close, and sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ with them. Very touching, and it had a calming effect.