When ice and snow threaten, North Carolinians have the typical Southern response — buy milk and bread, hurry home and burrow in until it all melts.
But home was not a place of warmth and comfort in December for more than 1.4 million families and businesses who had no electricity, some for as long as seven days. Many also lost water and telephone service. The ice storm's impact on utilities exceeded 1989's Hurricane Hugo, forcing thousands into motels, shelters, and the homes of relatives and friends.
Some people found physical and spiritual refreshment inside Lutheran churches and agencies.
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