Despite severe weather warning, Dallas resident Kim Garoon flew to New York City Thursday to visit friends.
Garoon said, "There wasn't much that was gonna stop me from coming."
She said things didn't start picking up until Saturday afternoon.
"We just started to get intermittent storms," she said. "It would stop for a little bit and all of the sudden an hour later, you`d get another really big downpour."
That's when Garoon said people starting preparing for an even bigger storm.
"All of the grocery stores were sold out of bottled water. People were buying a very interesting variety here of non-parishables. And, we filled up our bathtub and put batteries in the flashlights and just sort of holed up and waited for it to pass over," Garoon said.
Around midnight on Sunday, Garoon said the city began to feel the full effects of Irene.
"It started to just pour and a lot of wind howling," she said. "I was telling myself there was nothing to be scared of and that everything was fine, but, you know, there`s always that inner sense of, how is this gonna get, and am I prepared for it if it does get really bad?"
By noon on Sunday, the worst of the storm had passed, and Garoon said the city began trying to clean up the mess that Irene had left behind.
"The biggest problem within the city itself is that all the subway systems and the bus systems have closed down," Garoon said. "Unless you're a really good swimmer, the only way to get the airports is through the bridges and the tunnels. And, if the bridges and tunnels are closed, there's no real way of getting out of the city. It`s been an experience, but now I`m ready to get home to my boyfriend and my family and some nice warm Texas weather."
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