Ex-Florida resident now in Northeast reflects on Sandy

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FROSTBURG, Md. -- Florida residents are used to hurricanes, but when they relocate from the state and still get slammed, it's surprising.

"When I saw the news that we were going to have this big storm coming, the hurricane, the snow, I didn't know what to expect. It was quite shocking," said Frostburg University Professor Leonard Cage.

After living in Florida for more than a decade, Cage braced himself when he heard about Sandy. 

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"Forecasters had no model for something like this. They had no idea what they were going to get snow, rain," he said.

Hundreds of people in the town lost power during Sandy, which Cage says he worries about more now that he lives in Maryland.

"Tropical storms and hurricanes would come through in Florida and typically during the summer, and you might be without power for a few days, but you didn't have to worry about freezing to death. And here, that's one of the things I was worried about, not having any heat," he said.

Luckily, power was restored quickly, and the damage here is nothing compared to the upper northeast.

"I am feeling very lucky compared to what it could have been," he said.

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