Students trapped in New York as Hurricane Sandy batters Big Apple

PUBLISHED: 10:40 30 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:29 31 October 2012

New york braces for the storm. 
Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

New york braces for the storm. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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STUDENTS from a WGC school were trapped in storm ravaged New York as Hurricane Sandy battered the Big Apple.

Year 11 pupils from Monk’s Walk School were due to see the city’s sights but the superstorm has meant the 49 youngsters have been confined to a Manhattan hostel. Speaking to the WHT from the city on Monday deputy headteacher Noel Kelly said: “We have all the students in the hostel safely, we don’t have any concerns really.

“It isn’t anywhere near us but our number one concern is student safety. The main issue we have got is everything is closed because the subway is closed and the buses therefore everything is closed because everyone commutes in.”

The worst of the hurricane hit the city after Mr Kelly spoke to this paper with swathes of the city now plunged into darkness, a record storm surge also overtook the city’s waterfront area.

Manhattan neighbourhoods experienced heavy floods and mayor Michael Bloomberg warned all cars, including taxis, should stay off the road to allow emergency vehicles to get to those who needed help

At present it is not clear if the group will be able to fly back on Friday, due to the disruption.

Parents who forked out for the £995 trip have been trying to keep in touch with their children after they flew out on Sunday morning but it has not been easy.

David Mathers has been trying to speak to his son Nathan who is on the trip.

“I have not been able to call him, I have been texting him,” he said.

“I have had no luck I did get through to the hostel but i managed to speak to the receptionist and said they were safe in the building.

“We were a bit stressed because it is the lack of knowing what’s going on... in the next couple of days we will know what is going to happen.”

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