Citizens Become Social Network Reporters For Hurricane Sandy
Jaw-dropping images of Sandy's wrath have been captured by everyday people on their cell phones and iPads.
One reporter on Fox News in knee-deep water asked, "If you have any pictures, tweet them to us."
And that's just what people have been doing. Incredible pictures of flooded train stations were taken by everyday citizens.
One young man was photographed snorkeling down a flooded street in Lower Manhattan.
Civilians also photographed fallen trees in Central Park.
With a story of this magnitiude, amateur help is actually encouraged, with the proper precautions.
Good Day New York co-anchor Dave Price said on the air, "Without getting yourself into any dangerous situation if you have the ability to survey the damage and either tweet us or send us these pictures on Facebook, that would be great."
Co-anchor Rosanna Scotto said, "We can't be everywhere to everybody. Here, with social media, we're getting a front row seat to everyone's neighborhood."
One little girl decided to do her own report on Hurricane Sandy, and nearly got blown away.
Celebrities are also getting into the act. Donnie Wahlberg, star of the CBS series Blue Bloods posted video of his flooded home.
More than 200,000 amateur photos have been posted to the website called Instacane the story of Hurricane Sandy told through Instagram including one jaw-dropper of a man beneath the roots of a giant toppled tree.
Small wonder one wind-blown seven-year-old reporter from Pennsylvania had this advice to her viewers: "You might want to stay in your homes."