SDSU students have been reaching out to family and friends affected by the deadly storm.
A NASA satellite image of Hurricane Sandy from Oct. 29.
Flooding in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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Sandy touched down 2,500 miles away, but students at San Diego State worry for family and friends in the path of the storm.
SDSU students have called, texted and emailed loved ones while constantly monitoring the news, trying to get any information available, as they consider the destruction on the other side of the country.
The death toll from Sandy is at 48; more than 8 million people have been without power; and more damage is being assessed by the moment.
New York has been particularly hard hit by Sandy, with widespread power outages and mass flooding.
Allison Tittiger, a junior studying child and family development, has a cousin in New York who had to be evacuated from a hospital.
“He’s okay; they were able to get him out and transferred to safety,” Tittiger said.
Lauren Cosby, a senior communications major, has a sister in Washington, D.C.
“Luckily she hasn’t lost power,” Cosby said. “But at times I can’t get hold of her and that’s kind of scary. I know she’s safe though.”
Gabe Benji, a junior studying business, has a good friend studying in New York City.
“I texted him as soon as I heard what was going on,” Benji said. “We’ve been in contact, and he’s alright, but the fact that it’s all happening so close to him is crazy to think about.”