New York City 'Housewives' LuAnn de Lesseps and Ramona Singer Talk About How They're Recovering After Superstorm Sandy (EXCLUSIVE)
The Real Housewives of New York City are no strangers to stormy relationships on camera, but like the millions of East Coast residents, they couldn’t escape the wrath of Sandy, and had to take the proper precautions.
“I was nervous about being away from my family with my daughter and son,” said de Lesseps. “So we wanted to be together in our house instead of the city.”
And she was well prepared.
“I filled up my bathtub, stocked up on batteries for the flashlights, got a cooler and ice for the freezer to preserve food,” she said.
But the best storm survival purchase was a battery-operated radio.
“My biggest asset was my battery-powered radio. I was able to be connected to the outside world. I don’t remember the last time I fell asleep to the radio until now.
About 2.7 million customers remained without power Saturday across 15 states and the District of Columbia since Sandy made landfall Oct. 29.
“Just before the storm we walked around Sag Harbor and the beach was on the street and I had never seen the ocean like that before,” de Lesseps recalled. “It was unbelievable. The waves were up to the houses before the storm even hit. It was like doom looming in the air.
“I was scared because of the winds. That when the most damage happens with tree limbs falling, things flying, I was worried parts of the house would come off.”
De Lesseps, her boyfriend Jacques Azoulay, and her teenage children Victoria and Noel spent three days on Long Island until Friday when she returned to her Upper West Side apartment.
“I came into the city to charge my phone,” she said with a laugh.
“I have electricity. And the city is picking up now. But it’s so eerie below 37th Street because nobody has power. It’s weird.”
As of Saturday, power had been restored to 60 percent of residents, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Housewives co-star Ramona Singer, along with her husband Mario and daughter Avery, took shelter from the storm in their Upper East Side apartment.
“I’m very lucky, so many people lost so much," she told Celebuzz. "My assistant lives in Hoboken [New Jersey] and a tree fell into her bedroom.
“We are so fortunate we came out unscathed.”
The day before the storm, Singer bought supplies to last for the week, she said.
“I went shopping not knowing what to expect and I bought enough for four days. I even rented four movies!”
Now, Singer says The Big Apple is getting back to normal.
“I just took the subway for the first time."
On Friday night, NBC aired an hour-long telethon, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” to raise money for the American Red Cross that included performances from New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, New Yorker Billy Joel, Staten Island native Christina Aguilera, and Sting.