By Lateef Mungin and Ashley Fantz,
(CNN) — Beth Bartley clutched anything within reach to steady herself on the bathroom floor of her shuddering her Manhattan apartment.
Sandy had knocked out power. East 96th Street below was a river. She was on the fifth floor, bracing herself as the building shuddered and creaked.
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“The winds were so strong that the building heaved. It was eerie,” said Bartley, an actress. “It was really scary.”
Monday night, Superstorm Sandy descended on the Northeast with a fury that astonished even veteran weather watchers. Buildings crumbled, floods and fires have destroyed homes and millions are without power. Ice and rain whipped off Sandy’s edge, blanketing West Virginia with several feet of snow.
Bartley was safe after riding out the storm but that was more than could be said for her neighbors miles west of upper Manhattan in…
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