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10/30/12 - GMA News - Stranded in NY, Charice 'freaks out' as super storm hits

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Stranded in NY, Charice 'freaks out' as super storm hits
October 30, 2012 10:30am

Stranded in New York City because of Super Storm Sandy, Filipina international singing sensation Charice Pempengco said she was fine but that she "freaked out" because of the strong winds of one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States.

In an interview with GMA reporter Pia Arcangel for GMA News program “Unang Hirit,” Pempengco said, “Gusto ko talaga magpahinga pero nag fre-freakout ako kasi naririnig ko yung hangin sa labas, ang lakas.”

“But so far I’m fine,” she added.

Pempengco is currently staying indoors and watching the news to update herself about the super storm but she said she was not hurt.

“So far okay naman po ako,” she said.

She was supposed to rehearse for her concert in Hawaii but her flight got cancelled along with many other flights due to the bad weather.

Other Filipino personalities

Meanwhile, other Filipino personalities in the United States also expressed their thoughts about the storm via Twitter:

Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas: “In Greenwich Village, New York, New York, while waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit land.”

TV host and radio jockey Mo Twister: “the awkward moment when a tree slams into your home window while you're on radio.”

GMA News Online contributor and boxing analyst Ryan Songalia: "Power went out for half a minute, glad it's back on, kinda feeling cool to be one of few people around here watching tv."

Earlier, Songalia told GMA News Online: “We still have power, many don't, it's later night here now so it's hard to tell what's going on here.”

In a text message to GMA News Online, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said some "460,000 Filipinos in at least 13 states on the East Coast" are expected to be affected by Sandy.

The 2010 Stock Estimate of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas said some 3,166,529 Filipinos are residing in the US.

One of the biggest storms

Meanwhile, a report from Reuters describes super storm Sandy as one of the biggest storms to ever hit the United States.

The storm's target area includes big population centers such as New York City, Washington, Baltimoreand Philadelphia.

Trees were downed across the region, untethered pieces of scaffolding rolled down the ghostly streets of New York City, falling debris closed a major bridge in Boston and floodwater inundated side streets in the resort town of Dewey Beach, Delaware, leaving just the tops of mailboxes in view.

In Fairfield, a Connecticut coastal town and major commuter point into Manhattan, police cruisers blocked the main road leading to the beaches and yellow police tape cordoned off side entrances.

Beach pavilions were boarded up with plywood, and gusts of wind rocked parked cars.

"People are definitely not taking this seriously enough," police officer Tiffany Barrett, 38, said.

"Our worst fear is something like Katrina and we can't get to people,” she added.

One disaster-forecasting company predicted economic losses could ultimately reach $20 billion, only half insured.

Governors up and down the East Coast declared states of emergency. Maryland's Martin O'Malley warned there was no question Sandy would kill people in its way. - with reports from Reuters/ Andrei Medina/ VVP/ HS, GMA News

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