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Jeanne forces residents into an ugly routine

Hurricane Jeanne forced Hernando County residents into what has become a frustratingly frequent routine: Rush to protect valuables. Put up the plywood. Abandon low-lying houses and mobile homes. Find a place to stay. Some sought refuge in churches or hotel rooms. About 1,450 people went to county shelters according to Brenda Frazier, the county's community relations coordinator. Tom and Lorriane Millaway, who live in High Point mobile home community, had been staying at the Nature Coast Technical High School shelter since Saturday afternoon. "We couldn't get a hotel," Tom Millaway said. Jen Socha, front desk manager of the Best Western Weeki Wachee Resort, said the motel began filling up not long after emergency management officials gave the word for evacuations, but that guests seemed to take the storm in stride. "A lot of people were cracking jokes about it," she said. "I guess we're all getting used to it by now."

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