You know we've avoided the worst of a major storm when the most-asked question coming into our newsroom was: "Is trick or treat still on?"
And that isn't to diminish either the impact on Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast or West Virginia. Just by looking at the images, we all know it could have been worse.
It actually didn't miss us by much. If you drove south of Mineral Wells, you couldn't have avoided the coating of snow, both on and aside interstate 77.
And there were several hundred power outages. But that pales compared to hundreds of thousands, or even millions, without electricity in the east and in southern West Virginia.
And, yes, we certainly didn't miss the June 29 "derecho", which knocked out power to thousands of us-including me.
But, by and large, in recent years, we've avoided major storms. Why, I'm not sure. The worst I can think of, aside from this summer's storms, was the floods brought on by the hurricanes of the fall of 2004.
Put another way, I doubt Halloween was the biggest of the concerns of the people who were not spared the devastation of what quickly was dubbed "Frankenstorm".
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