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Local Sandy survivor recounts ordeal

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Flights began trickling into McCarran Airport from the storm-ravaged East Coast on Friday. Las Vegas residents were stranded for days without power.

One local passenger told FOX5 he flies to New York once a month, but his latest trip turned into a nightmare he'll never forget.

Fresh off a plane from Queens, NY, Las Vegan John Hindulak showed FOX5 cellphone video he took near Greenwich Village, where he was stranded for days thanks to Superstorm Sandy.

"I could not wait to get back to Vegas. I was counting down the days," Hindulak said.

Hindulak originally planned to fly home from his business trip on Monday, but storm-induced flight cancellations left him trapped alone in a dark apartment for about 12 hours each day.

"Your whole life changed. You had no electricity, you had no phone, no internet. You had to find a way to entertain yourself," he said.

The rest of the time, Hindulak said he and others stayed in Greenwich Village, walking more than 50 blocks to Midtown Manhattan to get coffee and use working showers.

"The hotel lobbies and the Starbucks were just full of people trying to charge their phones and get their computers charged and get a hold of their parents," Hindulak said.

Hindulak said he didn't see much rain, just a great deal of wind.

"Taking a hot shower in my own place would be the best activity I could think of," he said.

Hindulak only brought enough clothes for two days. He said he saved his second outfit for his flight home.

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