LOS ANGELES -- Superstorm Sandy has caused at least 30 U.S. deaths and billions in damages and left millions without power since hitting the Northeast on Monday.
Redd said Tuesday his parents' home in Norwalk, Conn., was without power last he had heard. The siding of his house was also beginning to come off, he said.
"Everyone's in the basement," Redd said. "But everyone's safe, and I'm happy about that."
He later posted to Twitter a picture of a fallen fence in his parents' backyard.
Norwalk, where Redd grew up, is about 45 miles northeast of New York City. The state of Connecticut declared a state of emergency on Saturday.
Redd said he was on the phone with his sister, Raven, until about 1:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday. He said he'd never dealt with a natural disaster of "this measure" while living in the Northeast but wished he could be with his family for support.
"This is pretty intense," he said. "You want to be there for them. But they understand."
USC linebacker Anthony Sarao told the school's official website that his family members had been evacuated from their Atlantic City-area home but were similarly safe.
No other Trojans hail from the states hit hardest by the storm.