Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills says most of the damage in Putnam County is from trees and limbs that fell into power lines. He says about 8,000 places lost power.
When Eileen Steele's home lost power, she says she knew she only had a few hours.
“I just kept praying to God, praying and praying that somebody would help me,” says Steele.
Steele says, in a way, power means life.
“I can’t stay home because there’s no electricity, and if I don’t have any oxygen, I'd be dead by the end of the day because I couldn’t breathe,” says Steele.
Steele has lung cancer, so when the hospital was full and an hour passed without her tank, she says fear set in.
“It feels like somebody is jumping up and down on my chest. It hurts so bad like all up in here,” says Steele.
That is when she heard the news.
“It makes me cry,” says Steele.
The sheriff's office had space for her and power for her tank.
“Somebody cared enough to help me because they didn’t really have to do this,” says Steele.
Sills says he did not think twice when he got a call from the hospital asking if he could help.
“Well, I mean, that’s part of being the sheriff. What else would you do?” says Sills.
Sills says he cannot help every single person who loses power, but he says he was happy to open up his door to Steele.
“We didn’t have the need for a true shelter, and this is something you can do very quickly,” says Sills.
But Steele says this simple act of kindness meant the world.
“I’m so thankful today that they opened their doors and their hearts,” says Steele.
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