I had just moved to Michigan, and my first clue that something was wrong was when a friend that saw it happen called to tell me he was ok. It was surreal. I thought it was some sick hoax. It wasn't until a few days later, when the death counts started popping up that it became real to me.
I try not to dwell in the past, I prefer to learn from it and move on. My prayers are with those who are grieving today. I hope their pain has dulled with time.