Hofstra commuters blown off track by Hurricane Sandy

Hofstra senior Fatou Gueye – like 350,000 other Long Islanders – was unable to get to work Oct. 29 as Hurricane Sandy ripped through Long Island.

Gueye’s car was literally trapped in her driveway by a fallen tree. And many students faced similar difficulties getting to and from campus as commuters account for some 29 percent of the 2016 class.

While Hofstra University was spared from much of the destruction, the university had to close for a week after the storm because students and professors were unable to get to campus because of flooded roads and fallen trees. Resident Safety – where Gueye worked – stayed open that week because on-campus security was deemed an essential program.

Gueye herself did not get into work on campus for a week.

Even though Hofstra only lost power for 45 minutes, members in the community surrounding the university were without utilities for days and even weeks.

Students at the university acknowledge they were some of the luckiest on Long Island.