As mega-storm Sandy roared up the Atlantic, those of us living along the Gulf of Mexico were spared. However, many of us have friends or family who were not so fortunate.

Anne Hunter would normally have been at her apartment in the heart of Soho, but her parents had driven from Texas to New York City to visit her last week. At the last minute, she opted to hop in the car and ride back with them to Texas. As luck would have it, the family was making their way back to Texas as Sandy howled through Manhattan, so Anne missed the brunt of the blow.

“It has been very disconcerting to behold Sandy,” she said. “After enduring the hurricanes and oil spills along our Gulf, it's hard to accept that NYC is now subjected to the same devastating effects of a natural disaster, though I am finding that New Yorkers are resilient.”

Hunter said her roommates are reporting that their building will be without power for a few more days. Text and email correspondence with her friends in the city has been limited due to lack of power, but she shared a few snippets from the emails and texts that she has received:

"Bizarro — listening to roaring winds and police sirens."

"We are all together and meeting new people."

"A bit eerie, reminds me of 911."

"No power, no service, had to walk from Prince to 29th to Ace Hotel to get service."

"I feel like putting on lots of eye shadow and going out, this is so boring."

"Bummer, the Apple Store is closed."

"You are lucky not to be here, there is only the sound of wind and sirens."

"The trees are dancing, power shut-outs and rivers rising."

"Sandy is wild. Wicked howling winds, No subways or public transport.”

“We are cooking up a storm and sipping wine."

Hunter is a part-time resident of South Walton. She was scheduled to return home to New York Nov. 2 via a flight into Newark.

Another South Walton resident, Meg Nelson, has extended family living in the Manhattan area. She said they are reporting no power and trees down, but no flooding, for which they are thankful.