SkyWarn 13: Locals living out east hunker down for landfall of Hurricane Sandy

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

With upwards of 60 million people being impacted by Hurricane Sandy, it's inevitable that we all know at least one family member or friend riding out this historic storm. We talked on the phone this afternoon with several native Western Wisconsinites who are in the path of Sandy on the east coast. Everyone seems to be hoping for the best but prepared for the worst.

"People are basically leaving their houses and trying to get somewhere that's a little bit more safe"

That's Justin Kobernick, from Eleva, is now currently 38 miles east of New York City. He works for a subcontractor of Xcel Energy and his team was called in to help with the upcoming storm clean up. However, in the meantime he's like everyone else riding out the storm.

"We got in here last night. We're actually on standby right now. Kind of just going to do some safety meetings with the guys then sounds like we'll be going out in the morning to start trimming trees off the lines and try to get the lines back up." He says they'll likely be out there 2-4 weeks restoring power. In the city of New York the winds have been picking up throughout the afternoon.

"I can see it outside my window a crane. The top of it has fallen off and is hanging above 5th street," says Chetek native Adam Banks who lives in Manhattan.

The big worry in New York City is the storm surge this evening, which could put part of the subway system under water. "This morning as a measure of that when there was high tide there was already flooding beyond what we experienced with Hurricane Irene," explains Eau Claire native Colin Schumacher who lives now in Brooklyn.

Frank Johnson has family in southern Massachusetts. His parents lost power earlier today but are conserving their generator until the worst of the storm this evening. "With the confluence of all the weather systems coming into play, they realize this is not a storm to screw around with so they're taking it very seriously."

In preparing for the storm, people have said there have been long lines at grocery stores with most supplies and food being totally non-existent.

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