Renowned metal guitarist/producer James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) has issued the following post-Hurricane Charley update (see previous story):"Hi folks,
"In the aftermath of Charley we have squeaked by and made it through in much better shape than many of our neighbors in other communities in our immediate vicinity. Florida has 13 confirmed deaths as of this writing and that death toll is guaranteed to rise. Damage is in the billions of dollars range.
"My household and family were very lucky indeed. The worst for us was some debris blown into our yard and we are without power, possibly for a few more days yet. We are currently running our fridge and computer and a couple lights with a gas-powered generator. Luckily we have family within both 15 and 30 minutes drives from us that have power, so showers are not a problem.
"I have incredible sympathy right now for all of our Florida neighbors who faired far, far worse than us. The loss of life is horrible. The loss of property is tremendous. The last 'zig to the right' that Charley made before entering my area spared central and northern Polk county which had been squarely in the cyclone's path, and thus most of the damage in my area occurred in southern Polk.
"Thanks for your concern everyone, I appreciate it very much."