Former Action News 5 Intern, Memphis student describes Sandy's impact in NYC

Former Action News 5 Intern, Memphis Student Describes Sandy's Impact In NYC

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis student and former Action News 5 Intern is stuck in Sandy's aftermath tonight, with a firsthand account of the storm's intensity.

Months after posing with Anna Marie Hartman outside AutoZone Park in Memphis, former Action News 5 intern Heather Martini reports that a nearby park in Manhattan, where she is in college, was under water, trees were blown down, and she was in the dark.

"All of the sudden we saw a couple of flashes of lightning and then nothing would come on," Martini said.

Martini took photos late Monday afternoon of normally bustling streets in the SoHo district, virtually abandoned. As night fell, she saw rescue crews prepare to board a raft in the middle of a flooded street.

"We were joking about people living here because they can always do things and now everybody is stuck inside and no one knows what to do," she said.

Martini regretted not stockpiling food and water before Sandy struck, turning the city that never sleeps into a soggy mess.

"I didn't take it seriously, but it's turning out more serious than I thought," she said.

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