OFFSTAGE: Trace Adkins Sees Hurricane Sandy Up Close

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As Hurricane Sandy is making its way up the East Coast, Trace Adkins is stuck inside his Manhattan hotel room. He’s there filming Celebrity Apprentice, which had to shut down filming early this week to prepare for the storm and the 100 mph winds that are coming with it.

After he posted a picture of a busted crane on a building outside his hotel room window, I had the chance to ask him about it. “When we’d prepare for a storm, when I worked oil rigs offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, you always laid the crane boom down. What they did here on this crane was they left it standing up on an angle, so when the wind caught it, it blew it right back over the top and it flopped over the other way,” he told me.

“We’re on the 17th floor, so we’re looking right over that and Central Park and Columbus Circle. It looks OK right now but everyone was fighting each other at Whole Foods last night trying to get food. It was nuts. We were just trying to get some water and candy bars.”

Adkins knows that some people in and around New York City have to evacuate, or even just want to, but he’s staying put. “Growing up in Louisiana made me used to this kind of weather, I guess,” he said. “But they’re not used to that up here.”

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