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Tri-State native in New York shares his Sandy story

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Looking out of his apartment window on 178th Street Monday afternoon, Kilgore takes Sandy in stride. Looking out of his apartment window on 178th Street Monday afternoon, Kilgore takes Sandy in stride.
Choppy waters of the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge. Source: Matthew Kilgore Choppy waters of the Hudson River near the George Washington Bridge. Source: Matthew Kilgore
A rare sight in New York City- a closed subway. Source: Matthew Kilgore A rare sight in New York City- a closed subway. Source: Matthew Kilgore
Sandy even turned out the bright lights of Broadway on Monday night. Sandy even turned out the bright lights of Broadway on Monday night.

Sandy is no longer a hurricane, but she's battering a large area of the east coast after coming ashore along the New Jersey coastline. 

The power is still on in Times Square in New York City, but not for about two million other east coast residents, including many people in New York and Manhattan. 

A crane atop a luxury high-rise under construction in New York is still dangling at more than 70 stories, and winds are blamed for the partial collapse of a four story building in Manhattan's West Village. Firefighters helped people inside to safety.

14 News spoke with a Tri-Stater Monday on the east coast about the conditions he was seeing from Sandy.  

"Just a lot of wind," said Evansville native Matthew Kilgore.

Looking out of his apartment window on 178th Street Monday afternoon, Kilgore takes Sandy in stride.

"I'm actually going over to some friends' house for a hurricane dinner party," Kilgore said.

As the front line of this massive storm approached the big apple, Kilgore grabbed his camera and shot video from the banks of the Hudson River, near the George Washington Bridge.

"It was probably the choppiest I've ever seen that river," Kilgore said.

He then walked around his neighborhood snapping pictures of a subway station closed down. It's a New York City that's rarely seen.

"People are actually talking to each other on the streets. Which is kind of fun. Because we all have something to talk about," Kilgore said.

Sandy even brought down the curtain for all Broadway shows Monday night. Kilgore, a Broadway actor himself, rarely has seen the glowing lights of Broadway, dark.

"That doesn't happen very often. The last time I remember entire shows being cancelled was September 11th," Kilgore said.

When asked what he's done to prepare for Sandy, Kilgore said, "I taped the windows that are sitting right beside me. Just to keep them together if they should blow out. It's not like the weather in the Tri-State area where you have to worry about a tornado that comes and is over within like a matter of hours. This is like a 36 hour thing."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says backup power has been lost at New York University Hospital. The city is working to move people out right now.

It could be days to weeks before power is restored.

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