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Las Vegas man witnessed wrath of Superstorm Sandy

Las Vegas man witnessed wrath of Superstorm Sandy

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Nov 2, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas businessman witnessed Superstorm Sandy first-hand.

John Hindulak was in Greenwich Village on business when Hurricane Sandy hit.

When he took cell phone camera pictures of the surging Hudson River that morning, he wasn't worried, because he was staying in Manhattan, not New Jersey.

Hindulak says, he did get worried that night.

Recalling what happened, he says, "I'm sitting downstairs, watching TV. The next thing you know there's this big green flash in the window, and the power just went out. So we ran outside. Everybody in the neighborhood was out the street, trying to see what was going on."

Hindulak says, what he couldn't see that night, was devastating by light of day.

According to Hindulak, "When they say it was like Katrina, they weren't lying. It really does look like that."

Stunned by the extent of the disaster, including the dangling crane that continues to threaten lives, Hindulak says he was lucky.

He was stranded for a week in one of the few pockets of New York that escaped the full extent of Sandy's wrath.

On the flight home to Las Vegas he says, "When we took off, and we were flying over Staten Island, and I looked down, and you just saw what I normally would see, like green baseball fields, because I take the flight all the time, it was all dirt. You'd see boats piled up. You'd just see, like wood everywhere. It's just like, oh God. These people's worlds were gone."

Hindulak says his window and patio door business lost thousands of dollars while he was in New York, but his heart goes out to those who lost so much more.

Rikki Cheese

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.