posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 09:35 AM
Well, living near the area, I've spoken to numerous friends and family. None have reported such body bags. However, there are of course, search and
rescue teams scouring the debris of numerous trailer parks (as these are mostly toast) for survivors, and yes even corpses. The dogs are out, etc.
It's possible they may have laid out some empty body bags and maybe that's what was seen, but I've heard nothing to indicate the number is
incorrect. Of course, it's likely to climb though, as more area is searched. It's a HUGE area of devastation to comb through. I'm just glad it
missed us completely, and that they were wrong. They had it going right for us (Tampa Bay). Had that happened, deaths would be in the dozens, and
the damage even more horrific. (more heavily populated).
For the most part though, people took this one VERY seriously. They heeded the evacuations, and hunkered down. I was never more prepared for any
other storm in my life, than Charlie. Especially becoming responsible for the safety of another family...(friends who had evacuated). I think
that's the reason for the relatively low death toll, just as it was with Andrew.