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Hotels become home during power outage

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Home Sweet Hotel? It's one of the only options for those without power who can't take the heat and need to recharge.

George Bacon and his family thought they had escaped Friday's massive power outages - until Sunday.

"When the rain came on Sunday we were hoping it was just a minor thing," Bacon said. "We finally got to a television set, and it initially said about 10,000 others had been affected by this, including us."

With power for air conditioning or fans, the Bacons were getting fried.

"It's steaming in there," Bacon said. "Steaming last night, outside it was cool, but inside it was steaming.   Even when we left the windows open, it was still hot."

So the Bacons packed up what they needed from their Raleigh home, and moved it to a hotel. They weren't alone.  Bobby Gate, manager at Quality Suites, said people started flooding his hotel after Friday's storm, and he sold out in hours.

Between lost food and hotels, it's been one costly outage for the Bacons.

"I would say it's probably going to cost us more than one thousand dollars," George Bacon said.

Hoping to avoid paying for another night at a hotel, the Bacons headed home Tuesday afternoon.

"Right now, I'm hoping when we get to the house, we have power," Bacon said. "That will make my day."

But it wasn't meant to be.  Finding their home still without power, the family set out once again to find a local hotel room.

Late Tuesday afternoon, MLGW said just over 18,000 were still without power.

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