The force of Hurricane Sandy was all too real for a group of students from Tennessee State University.
The honors students were part of a group in New York City for a conference when they found themselves in the middle of the storm.
"Sirens. That's all you heard. Sirens," said Jasmine Hudson.
Hudson and Asia Jones watched the storm's impact from a hotel room in Times Square.
The pair was part of a group of 14 from TSU who visited a leadership conference.
Seminars and a career fair kept on going as the weather quickly changed for the worst.
"I was, for lack of a better term, freaking out," Hudson said.
"I was actually up, and through my hotel room could see like the wind and the rain swirling through and the crane that fell was two blocks from our hotel room. So, it was crazy, but we stuck it out. We didn't really have a choice," Jones said.
Fortunately, the group's hotel did not lose power. But, unfortunately, getting home to Nashville wasn't easy.
When the New York airports flooded, plan B called for a van and a road trip to Baltimore, where they caught a plane bound for Nashville.
"We made the best of the situation," Hudson said.
They finally made it home Friday with a story - and memories - from the front row of history.
"Definitely a sigh of relief," Jones said.
After all they had been through getting home, there was a small, final hiccup.
When Jones returned to campus, she discovered her car had been towed from a TSU campus lot.
A representative for the university, though, promised to make the situation right.
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