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Utah woman becomes unintentional photographer of history

By Nkoyo Iyamba  |  Posted Oct 30th, 2012 @ 10:25pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — For photographer Hannah Galli, the trip to the East Coast started out as a Halloween beach wedding in Southern Virginia. But the Utah resident soon found herself capturing images of Superstorm Sandy through a rain-soaked lens.

"The water was pooling, like the hurricane was sucking all the water," Galli said.

As she moved up the eastern seaboard to get away from the storm, she continued snapping photographs.

"We were passing through a lot of small towns, and everyone was talking about what they were doing to prepare," Galli recalled.

The storm followed her to Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River.

"There were benches on the side of the Potomac, and there were some that were almost completely covered (by water)," Galli said. "You could barely see the tops."

"It looked like one or two trees had fallen on power lines," she continued, "and there were wires everywhere."

Tuesday evening, Galli was safe with relatives in Maryland; and while the experience was scary at times, she said it gave her perspective.

"(I) also feel blessed that we don't really usually get storms like this in Utah," Galli said. "It made me appreciate the protection of the mountains."

"We like to think in our society we can control anything, but it takes something like this to remind us that we really are pretty small," she said.

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