WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Wellington resident Lenore Meehan cannot stop watching the live television coverage of the events unfolding in Massachusetts.
The Boston-area neighborhood she grew up in, Watertown, is the center of a massive manhunt for the person the FBI believes is responsible for the bombings.
"I was going from one relative to another on the telephone, my heart was pounding. I felt like it was going to come out," said Meehan.
Meehan eventually made contact with all of her family members who lives in Boston. One of her relatives told her over the phone that police officers were standing on the top of a nearby shed. They also told Meehan choppers were constantly flying overhead and that investigators were going from home to home searching for the suspect.
Meehan said it is tough being hundreds of miles away and feels helpless not being able to assist her family when they need it the most.
"We're down here and we can't even fly into there if we wanted to," said Meehan.
On the other end of the spectrum is Palm Beach Gardens native Ben Dresner, who is attending law school at Boston College.
Dresner spent Friday trapped inside his apartment.
"It's very strange to know you can't leave this area," said Dresner via Skype.
Dresner woke up to an email from his school informing him to stay inside. He then looked out the window of his downtown Boston apartment and saw no one in the street.
"Everybody sort of jumps to the phone to call or text message wondering if I'm alright," said Dresner.
Dresner said school was canceled on Friday. He was left with no other option but sit inside and wait the lockdown out. "After what happened Monday, I prefer that they take no chances at all," said Dresner.
Dresner, like many others in Boston on lockdown, said they will fully cooperate with investigators if police officers show up and need to look around their home.