Thanks for the replies, everyone.

Well, FCameron -- you fared better than I with your peri-storm query. I've since found out the agent I sent to was hit very hard, prob harder than any area, and was out of power and internet for a long time. And she's already responded to queries sent in the last few days. Since I did get that confirmation email in response, I guess I can assume this is a rejection. (Unless she is starting from most recent queries to catch up with the onslaught. That's my only sliver of hope, and it's very small.)