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Social media is big help after Hurricane Sandy

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The weather radars have shown how massive the monster storm Sandy was as she headed towards to the east coast.

"The wind is very strong right now and you can hear it howling inside your buildings," said Dominique Lee.  

Lee is a childhood friend of Fox Carolina's Greg Funderburg from Alabama and is in graduate school at NYU. He is currently staying in Jersey City and said by phone Monday evening he decided to brave the storm.   

"We have not been asked to evacuate in Jersey City where I live, but there are areas that they did give notice," said Lee. 

Another friend Michael Newson said he was out of town and made the decision not to return to his apartment in New Jersey fearing it could be bad. He said his friends who are still in New Jersey and New York have all been preparing for the worst.   

"They don't know what to expect because reports are saying up to 50 million people could be without power for up to 10 days and that's a major concern," said Newson.  

Upstate Social Media expert Jay Handler said concern is felt by people directly affected as well as their family members across the country. He said despite their concern, it seems social media is keeping everyone instantly informed.  

"Organizations like NOAA to FEMA have their own Facebook pages and their Twitter accounts.  They're doing everything they can to get the word out that way," said Handler.  

He said it's the new trend that shows family members can get information about their loved ones at the click of a mouse.  

"These days as long as you got a battery charge on your cell phone, chances are you're going to be OK. You will be able to communicate with the people you want to," said Handler.  

Handler recommends anyone who has family or friends in the path of the storm to stay off phones so telephones will be free for emergency personnel. He said the best way to communicate with your loved ones is via text to save battery life on their cell phones or via social media. 

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