BOSTON - As morning shifted into afternoon Friday, Kim Taylor Knight reflected on what it was like to live in Boston at that moment.
"I feel oddly alone in the world right now," she said in an email.
Knight and her husband, Tom Downard, are originally from Webster City. They moved to Boston as a young married couple more than a decade ago.
"I have never regretted the move," she wrote Friday. "It is just weird to not be able to be around people in the world. I will be fine. It is certainly a funny feeling to say I am feeling alone. Just an impression."
Before they left Iowa, Knight and Downard lived in an apartment above the Downard family business, the Webster Theater, in downtown Webster City, population roughly 8,000.
Now they live in downtown Boston, where more than half a million people were told to hunker down indoors Friday while a massive law enforcement effort attempted to find a man identified as a suspect in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
"We are currently under lockdown, which includes businesses, colleges, transportation and foot traffic. We haven't heard any substantial news for the past two hours," Knight wrote midday. "We are situated right in Boston and while we heard the bomb blasts that occurred Monday, we are on the other side of the river from Watertown."
As Knight endured the lockdown, Dr. Mark Hansen, another Webster City native, posted photos of his Boston Marathon finish online.
Hansen, a Des Moines optometrist, had completed the marathon before the bombs exploded at the finish line Monday.
"I was still in the runners finish chute and about two and a half blocks away when the bombs went off," he wrote in an email Friday. "I feel very fortunate to have safely finished."
Friday, about midafternoon, Knight sent a picture.
"This photo is how it looks everywhere here," she wrote.
In the photo, the streets are vacant.
"Constant helicopters overhead and no one on our otherwise busy city streets. We walked the dog early today - 7:30 - and really saw no one out and about. They were working on our street at about that same time, but now it has ceased. Governor (Deval) Patrick has really insisted on a complete halt to everything to assist law enforcement."