Residents are hunkered down and staying busy as Hurricane Sandy makes its way on shore.(Source: WFSB/CNN)
(RNN) – Sandy is not Christy Anderson's first hurricane.
Anderson evacuated from New Orleans two days before Hurricane Katrina hit. Last year, she lived through Hurricane Irene and saw lots of flooding. Now, she's hunkered down in her home in Little Falls, NJ, about 30 minutes west of New York City, as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.
"Honestly the storms don't get easier," she said.
Anderson said that the front yards flooded from Irene in New Jersey looked similar to some of the front yards she saw around New Orleans.
"It was very upsetting."
The teacher said she's more likely to listen to the warnings after Katrina, and doesn't think the media coverage of the story has been fair. But the waiting is getting tiring.
"This one feels [hurricane] like it's taking a lot longer than any of the other ones. It's that much more painful to sit there and wait. I can't wait to get back to school," she said.
Before she lost power, and she's watching TV or a movie to keep calm.
"And I take little projects on and will be working on a quilt. Last year I finished one during Irene, it wasn't a big one, but I didn't lose power during Irene," she said.
Staying occupied to keep one's mind off the storm seems to be the best way to handle the storm.
Michelle Lee, who lives in the Upper East Side in Manhattan, has a plan to keep occupied – she's rented Gangs of New York.
"I'll hang out, watch the Weather Channel incessantly, text anyone who still has power on their phone until their phones dies."
Her office is in lower Manhattan where a storm surge of 12 feet is possible, and noticed yesterday the city was boarding up grates because they were concerned the subways would flood.
"If it does flood, they don't think they have the tools and the technology to handle it, although they do need good washing," she said.
Andi Diorio left the University of Delaware for her family's home in the Philadelphia suburbs.
"At school we didn't really hear about this until the last few days, and events were canceled, and it was more of a surprise to everyone we didn't expect this to be this serious."
Diorio said that her family will sleep in the basement because they are concerned about trees falling on the house. Her father cut down a dead tree in their backyard this past weekend in preparation for the storm.
"I'm charging every electronic device I have, my iPad, my laptop, my phone, I'm preparing that way. I know that's not going to last me long, I'm thinking about crafts I can do, a scrapbook or something like that," she said.
All three women said that staying safe is important. Lee said although the streets are eerily vacant, she's staying inside.
"There are trees in my street, some small limbs starting to fall down," she said. "I don't want to get knocked out by a tree branch. There are a lot of garbage bags and trash cans - there's a lot of stuff that can fly around."
Diorio's family camps, so they are prepared with lanterns, blankets and a generator to keep food fresh in case they lose power.
Anderson, who is a veteran of hurricanes at this point, knows how to get through the storm.
"I hope everyone stays safe," she said.
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