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Hotels fill up as lights stay off in storm aftermath

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Frustrations are growing as thousands of homeowners in Sandusky County go into the weekend at two days and counting without power.

13 ABC's Christine Long reports from Fremont where hotels are filling up.

Most hotels in this area are booked almost to capacity with people looking for some relief. They are in need of air conditioning, a place to shower, and somewhere to charge their cell phones.

"We were hiding when we heard the storm go through," says Janet Morley in her dark basement with only a flashlight to guide the way.

Relying on a generator, Jim and Janet Morley spend their days putting the pieces back together after Wednesday's storm toppled trees onto their power lines.

At night they stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites wondering when their wires will once again be working.

"We had heard Saturday, but now this morning we heard Sunday, so we really don't know," says Morley.

The Holiday Inn at 53 and the Turnpike actually just got its power restored Thursday night.

The hotel is now getting calls from people without power.

"We're almost full tonight, actually," says Wendy Powers, the manager at Holiday Inn and Suites. "I have maybe five or six rooms left right now. We'll be sold out by tonight."

The Red Roof Inn here in Clyde never lost power after Wednesday's storm. A manager says Thursday night they were booked completely full, but they have a few rooms left as of Friday at 2 p.m.

"My kids are getting a little frustrated without running water," says Theresa McGilton who lives down the street from the Morleys.

The McGilton family is hard at work. When the trees in their yard came crashing down, the trees tore the power lines right off the house.

But the McGilton's aren't sleeping at a hotel. They're staying home.

"We're doing what we can using bottled water to do dishes and to take sponge baths pretty much," says McGilton. "The YMCA was out, we're hoping to go over there and get a shower."

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