Central Virginians Wait to Hear From Loved Ones

Lynchburg, VA - We may have dodged Sandy's wrath, but not all the worry.

Many people in our area say these last 24 hours have been like a waiting game - waiting for text messages, waiting for social media posts, waiting for any sign their friends and family are safe.

With the press of a button, the bad news traveled in an instant. Governors took to the airwaves, telling about the homes that were destroyed, the more than a dozen dead, leaving loved ones left to wait.

"I don't think I've felt this helpless since 9/11 where you just had to watch," Andrew Claudio said from his Lynchburg apartment.

The Liberty University junior wasn't hunkered down with his parents on Long Island, but says he felt very much in the dark.

"It's not fun to watch where you grew up underwater and you're here safe and sound," he said.

Sandy may have thrown a wrench in the Bachelorette party Joyce Sach's daughter had planned for this weekend near Philadelphia. They were on the phone when the storm rolled through.

"She said 'there's a tree on fire and a transformer on fire and we're losing power, bye.' And that was the last I heard all night," Sach said, remembering that last phone call.

Finally, the bit of good news came in rationed text messages the next morning.

"We're okay. No power, but everyone is fine," Andrew Claudio read the text message his parents sent him around 9:30 a.m.

Their homes are still standing and their families are safe. The New York native says there's one thing Sandy actually strengthened: the New York state of mind.