We've all seen the images: Homes gutted. Streets piled high with debris. And now a new storm is gunning for the northeast.
"When it hits your own daughter and people you know and friends and family, it's different," Sharon Tabasco says.
Tabasco, the baker at Frostings Cupcakes in South Tampa, can hardly hold back the tears.
Her youngest daughter, Michelina, is one of tens of thousands left homeless up north.
And she's eight and a half months pregnant.
"She called me crying. She said, 'Mom, it's devastating.' It's like everything, the baby's room, everything she had was gone." Tabasco said.
Superstorm Sandy flooded her daughter and son-in-law's home in Atlantic City, N.J., with 7-feet of water.
They lost everything.
"There are so many friends and family and friends of friends that are in the same situation, so as many people as we can help out…and when it hits home." Tabasco said.
Tabasco, who grew up in Atlantic City, is now doing whatever she can to help not only her daughter's family, but others hit hard by the storm.
She's posted it on Facebook and already some have offered to donate clothing and supplies.
"I can't believe it. I mean, people are amazing." says Joe Barbato, the owner. "Our customers are like our friends. They are the nicest people."
She plans to send a crate full of necessities next week.
Her mother's driving up with donations this weekend.
Tabasco hopes to do the same, later this month.
"I had to close up a couple hours on Monday because I'm trying to stay strong for the business. But it's hard because it's your children, and I'm here, your there. So I'm doing the best I can," she said.
She said FEMA is helping her daughter and her daughter's husband find a new place to live.
For now, they're focusing on their baby, a little girl, who's due on Dec. 2.
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