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      Amarillo girl survives Superstorm Sandy

      The U.S. death toll from Superstorm Sandy has risen to 39, and one Amarillo girl says she can not believe how calm things are in Manhattan after such a devastating blow.

      Caitlin Campbell is a student at New York University. She lives in an apartment in Brooklyn, but for the last three days she has resided in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

      "I've been trying to keep in touch with my roommates to make sure that our apartment is still there because I have absolutely no way of, you know, getting there," she said. "Most of my belongings are over there- I just brought the basics over here."

      When Caitlin's mother Joette heard about the storm, she called her daughter to give her some advice.

      "Having been raised on the Gulf Coast, I knew what to tell her to do to prepare," Joette said. "But then you have to worry- will they get ready or not and will they take it seriously?"

      Caitlin packed three days worth of clothes and went to her boyfriend's apartment in Manhattan. She said they have not lost electricity. But as for school, she is getting some time off.

      "Pretty much all of the buildings are powered by Con Edison and until they get power up, we can't have school," Campbell said. "And until the MTA fixes the trains and gets all the flooding taken care of and there's access between the burrows and New Jersey and Manhattan, kids and teachers can't come into Manhattan for class."

      Joette said she can relax now knowing her daughter is safe.

      "We communicate a lot on a normal basis, but we've been talking several times a day, texting, emailing just to make sure that everything's still going ok. We were concerned about losing power and not being able to communicate."

      New York took one of the biggest hits from Superstorm Sandy- the subway system suffered the worst damage it has had in 108 years. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it could be up to five days before the transit system is up and running again.

      Caitlin said as of Monday, she did not want to go outside for fear of the weather. But Tuesday, she said, was a totally different scenario.

      "Looking out the window, I see people walking their dogs. There's no wind and, you know, it's just crazy because a day ago, like, it was a completely different story."

      The storm has left more than eight million people throughout the East without electricity, and the presidential campaign has been put on hold just one week before Election Day.

      Xcel Energy is sending more than 30 Texas/New Mexico employees to Wytheville, VA, to assist Appalachian Power Company, a unit of American Electric Power, in restoring electricity after heavy snowstorms caused tens of thousands of customers to lose electricity in the area.

      Superstorm Sandy is expected to dissipate by Sunday after making its way through the Northeast.