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Superstorm Sandy Impacts From People From The Quad Cities

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Millions of people on the East Coast are in the path of Sandy. Including, some who are originally from or have spent time the Quad Cities. They shared their stories with TV6.

"Former TV6 reporter, Abby Ross, is on the western side of Manhattan. All day Monday she watched a crane, which came loose on a high rise, sway back and forth.

"I think the city has done a really good job of evacuating people and warning people," says Ross.

Ross lives 2 blocks from the high rise with the loose crane, so she doesn't have to evacuate. However, she is worried about the rest of the city.

"The East Side and Downtown are getting hit pretty hard," adds Ross, "Near the Hudson River there are buildings that are buried in water."

One of the scariest things about being caught in the storm is how bustling New York is empty.

"Times Square, which is usually packed at all hours of the day, is totally empty," says Ross, "It's pretty creeps, pretty much like a ghost town."

In Westfield, New Jersey Tony Hall is sitting in the dark.

"My power has been out for 45 minutes and the winds have been howling all day. I stocked up on enough food and water to last me about a week and a half," says Hall.

Hall just moved from Illinois, this is his first major storm. He says it's not so different from what we experience during bad weather here.

"It reminds a little bit of a tornado," adds Hall.

In Astoria-Queens, Katie Stodd has been in her apartment all day.

"I ventured out once, just to see what was happening," says Stodd.

She can't leave her neighborhood, because the city's public transit system stopped running Sunday evening.

"Everything is shut down, I can't even get to who I want to wait out the storm with," adds Stodd.

However, Stodd is checking in with friends to make sure everyone is safe.

"I'm keeping phones and computers charged for as long as possible," says Stodd, "Just in case there is a power outage we can keep tabs on each other."

To help with Sandy's impact, the local Red Cross has dispatched 3 volunteers from the Quad Cities. More Red Cross workers will be sent to the East Coast as soon as the storm passes.

Energy companies are also sending crews. Mid-American energy has sent 15 employees. 80 Alliant Energy employees from Iowa have been sent to help.

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