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Prayerwalking, families prepared for hurricane’s onslaught

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Walking the line
Workers have been working long hours on power lines damaged by Hurricane Charley to restore electricity to southern Florida, where 350,000 people were still without service Aug. 20. Photo by Kathleen Murray
ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--Eleven-month-old Max perched happily on his father’s arm, looking in wide-eyed wonder at the beehive of activity at First Baptist Church in Arcadia, Fla., Aug. 18, in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.
      Days earlier, the towheaded toddler had displayed the same curiosity when his dad, 20-something Michael Loria, clutched the child in his arms in the center of their modest home to ride out the category four storm -- after walking around the outside of the house to pray for the family’s safety.
      Commenting on the condition of his home, Loria, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, told Baptist Press that although all the greenery and foliage around his house looked like it had been “flushed down the toilet,” his home was not damaged at all.