While the storms effects in the Triangle were limited, many travelers were struck here after airports in the Northeast shut down.
And some Triangle residents trying to get home were stranded in the Northeast as well.
"Yeah, good to be home," said Molly Parks, who returned from Philadelphia Wednesday.
It was a peaceful end to a tumultuous and unnerving ordeal in Philadelphia where the Chapel Hill native felt the effects of Sandy while trying to shop or get around on the subway system.
"I went to the grocery store and we were out of bread, out of water, maybe like two days prior to the storm," said Parks. "So everyone was taking caution."
Parks said the same destructive winds that devastated her friends in New Jersey peppered the City of Brotherly Love with scattered power outages.
Chapel Hill businessman John Mierley, who works for a private equity firm, said Wall Street's historic two-day shutdown froze commerce, which delayed a visit from a Bangladeshi business partner.
"We had a conversation this morning with a number of people in Connecticut and New Jersey that had lost power and unfortunately, due to the weather conditions, had to go into work to find heat and some locations where they could replicate and have power."