SPOKANE-- Charlie Smith spent his 30 minute lunch break outside a coffee shop in downtown Spokane Monday, calling his friends and family on the East Coast. Many of his loved ones were directly in Hurricane Sandy’s path.
Smith’s buddy, a Spokane native, goes to college in New York. He planned to stick out the storm in his dorm room, but he had no choice but to stay put. He does not have a car, and airports and public transportation were shut down as officials in New York City prepared to lose power.
Another of Smith’s friends, Chance, goes to school in Boston. Smith got in touch with him through text message and learned the ceiling in his dorm room started leaking Monday afternoon.
Smith also put in calls to family members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. His loved ones already made it to the store for supplies, and started to board up their windows.
Thousands of miles away, there wasn’t much Smith could do to help except reach out to them one by one, and let them know they were in his thoughts.