At least a few Tribland natives living on the East Coast have been dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy while those back in the Cornhusker State have found out about the devastation and destruction via photos, stories and on television.
Hastings High graduates Alice Welch and Jacque Schneider, living in the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas, respectively, both had unique but similar experiences over the last 24 hours.
While Welch has seen major blizzards, severe thunderstorms and torrential rains in Nebraska, she had no idea what was coming when Sandy made landfall.
“This was my first hurricane so I didn’t know what to expect,” the 2008 Hastings High grad said this morning from Arlington Va.
The rain started falling Monday morning where Welch lives and by mid-afternoon the full wrath of the storm had arrived.
The case is much different in Manhattan where Schneider, a 2003 Hastings High graduate, is weathering the storm.
Schneider lives on the eight floor of an apartment building in Manhattan’s financial district about two blocks from the World Trade Center site and one-and-a-half blocks from Wall Street.
Schneider’s mother, Laura, who lives in Hastings, said she knew this morning that her daughter was safe.
“They had made preparations ahead,” she said this morning. “They shopped ahead, but by the time they shopped Sunday all the shelves were empty.”