New York residents, visitors with Hawaii ties share storm experience

Published On: Oct 29 2012 05:48:48 PM HST   Updated On: Oct 29 2012 05:49:56 PM HST

Hawaii residents and expatriates in New York are feeling the effects of superstorm Sandy.  They shared with us what they've been seeing throughout Monday afternoon and evening.

"Ever block I go there's a tree down that's hit a car, house or blocking a streetway," said Public Relations Specialist Lance Rae.  He is vacationing in Queens and sent some pictures to us:  taped up windows at Manhattan restaurants and rain in Times Square.

"The only thing that was different was all the stores on Fifth Avenue were closed.  Some actually had sandbags in front of them, like the Apple Store," said Rae.

That was earlier in the day.  Then, the winds picked up.

"All of a sudden out of nowhere a gust of wind came, and there's a Dunkin Donuts on the street, I'm on the third floor.  All of a sudden I saw a sign go up past my window and crash down on the street level," said Rae.

Rae says he feels pretty safe where he is.

Former KITV Sports Director Paul Guanzon works as a news radio announcer in Lower Manhattan.  He said as he drove into work he saw the waves lapping the east and west shores of Manhattan and saw the effects of the gusty winds.

"As I passed 14th Street, there was a building collapsed right near where I drove near major police and fire presence.  The front of the building just peeled off," said Guanzon.  "It's totally dark down here.  They shut off the electricity in Lower Manhattan affecting 75,000 people."

Guanzon has lived there for 30 years and says this is the worst he has seen.

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