ok, i live in west central ohio and the remnants of ike are here now. all i have to say is HOLY MOLY!! we have winds steady at 50mph with gusts over 60mph and it's really scary. no power (but my generator runs my pc and internet...yes i'm a geek!), siding riping off our barn, off our neighbor's homes, shingles coming off everything. trees uprooted and blowing thru the yard, along with shrubs. yeah whole trees and whole shrubs!! i have purple martin houses up on steel poles, they snapped in half like a twig. this is just unbelievable. if it's doing this much damage 1000 miles from where it came ashore, i cannot fathom what sort of destruction it left down in TX and LA. but the worst part is one of our cats is missing. she gets freaked out by weather and i have no idea where she is. i have walked around the outside of the house at least 10 times calling for her (she usually comes when you call her name) but she's not coming. i pray she is hunkered down someplace. anyway, just wanted to see if anyone else has similar circumstances. maybe we can commiserate.