"I'm a little scared. The howling wind gusts are definitely frightening. The dog doesn't really like much of that either," China Ziegenbein said, via Skype, from her home in New York.
Ziegenbein grew up in Visalia.
Hurricanes like Sandy are not something she's used to.
"Not a lot of this in the Central Valley it's safe to say," she said.
But from their home in Manhattan, China and her husband, Philip, are ready for the punch that Sandy is apparently packing.
"We are equipped with a lot of water and food and flashlights and batteries. We're ready for the worst," Ziegenbein said.
Though the worst is quickly approaching, Sandy has already made her presence known.
"Already there have been a couple moments that are kind of intense," Philip Bump, China's husband, said. "It has been generally windy, light rain. Every once in a while there will be a huge burst of wind, a huge gust. I've heard branches falling off of trees out back. At one point we heard glass shatter."
With the subway shut down, China and countless other East Coasters weren't able to go to work.
"No one is leaving their house. We only went out twice today to walk the dog. So it's hard for us to say, how people are reacting.
There aren't people hooting and hollering and screaming in panic. But I feel like people are generally kind of nervous," Bump said.
China and Philip live in the Northern end of Manhattan.
Lower Manhattan is where the real flooding concern is. And people there have already been evacuated.
But Philip says emergency officials may have to shut off things like electricity city–wide, in order to take care of what's happening in the flooded areas.
China and Philip were living on the East Coast during Hurricane Irene.
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