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Tyler native weathers Sandy in NYC

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Hurricane Sandy knocked down a big tree down near the Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Source: Marie Biggs) Hurricane Sandy knocked down a big tree down near the Museum of Natural History in New York City. (Source: Marie Biggs)

East Texas native, Marie Biggs, has been weathering hurricane Sandy from her current home in New York City.

Biggs, a former KLTV employee, now works for WABC in New York. Marie shared by phone her first hand account of the floods, wind and rain she and the rest of the East Coast are up against.

Marie says the hurricane coverage where she works has been going non-stop for hours. She says WABC has been coordinating with Good Morning America through spotty signals to bring viewers live reports.

"We just had our reporters call on the phone and we showed their video and they talked to us and told us the latest situation," Marie says.

Marie says many people chose not to evacuate, prompting water rescues Tuesday afternoon.

"We just spoke to a woman who was actually on the third floor of her home and she had to get rescued by boat... from the third floor," she says.

Marie says they're not completely out of the danger zone yet as trees and buildings that were made vulnerable by strong winds could continue to fall apart.

"We have a giant tanker that came aground on Staten Island. The entire front part of a major tanker is on the street right now," Marie says.

"Even though the situation was pretty dire in many places around the tri-state, there were people walking around and some stores are trying to reopen. It's about business and New Yorkers are resilient and they're going to try to keep going on and providing what they can to their fellow residents," Marie says.

To see a slide show of photos from Marie and other East Texans who were caught in the storm, click here.

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