She was right in the middle of it when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast one year ago Tuesday.
Waterford native and Fort Frye High School graduate Jessica Kelley now works for the New York newspaper Newsday.
She says people around her took a more casual attitude about the approaching storm than they should have, partly because they had survived Hurricane Irene a year earlier.
"A lot of people didn't prepare as much as they should have, because of a 'been there, done that' kind of attitude," she says. "So when it hit, a lot of people were taken aback, and were surprised and didn't know what to do. By the time they realized how serious it was, it was too late."
Kelley says her home wasn't adversely affected by the storm, although others are still trying to recover.
She says one effect it's had is that it's made it more difficult for people to get homeowners insurance.