Nervous snowbirds

Remote ownership challenges

The snowbirds' song soured a bit Monday as Hurricane Wilma's pounding rains and winds up to 125 m.p.h. swept across Florida, leaving Michigan's prodigious number of wintertime Sunshine State residents wondering what they would find left of their second homes.

"I was up all night long flipping channels and I still know nothing," Sylvia Landuyt, a 71-year-old Grosse Pointe Park woman whose family has an apartment on Florida's Marco Island, said Monday. "It's very frustrating."

That was the story across southeastern Michigan, as many snowbirds tried, often without success, to find out what Wilma had wrought.

Florida storms are taking toll on snowbirds [Detroit Free Press]

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