Carmarthen pupils stranded as huge storm headed for NYC
PUPILS of a Carmarthen school found themselves stranded in New York just as Hurricane Sandy was about to hit the city.
Globe-trotting students from Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen landed in the Big Apple at 6pm on Sunday night just before the super-storm was about to batter the east coast of America.
The school trip is an annual event and Ysgol Bro Myrddin pupils have been taking the 5,000 mile journey across the globe for the last 12 years.
The pupils began their American holiday on Thursday, October 25 and have already visited Washington and Philadelphia on their travels.
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The school has been reassuring parents, relatives and friends that the group are safe and secure and the school is in regular contact with them and has said there is no cause for concern.
Hurricane Sandy, which was due to hit New York yesterday afternoon, has been dubbed a Frankenstorm with recorded winds of up to 85mph.
American states including New York have declared a state of emergency, with fears the storm will linger over 12 states for between 24 and 36 hours.
The New York Stock Exchange and schools across the city have been closed, with all transport services suspended.
Dorian Williams, headteacher of Ysgol Bro Myrddin said he had been in regular contact with the group especially deputy headteacher, Euryn Madoc Jones.
"They are happy and have settled in well to their new hotel.
"The pupils are staying in Manhattan at a central hotel far away from where the flooding is believed to happen."
Mr Williams said the teachers and pupils were going to rearrange their itinerary because of the weather forecast.
"The pupils are perfectly safe and the safety of the pupils is of paramount importance.
''The visits will be changed in accordance with the local weather forecast and guidance by police in New York.
"They have been going on this trip to America every year and each trip has its challenges, in the past I have been out there with them.
"It has been a time of elections and with the storm, I am sure they are all enjoying being in the city that never sleeps."
The school pupils and staff are due to return to the UK on Thursday, November 1.
Carmarthen resident, Odette Nicholas has also found herself in New York.
Ms Nicholas, who is a teacher at Ysgol y Castell, said there was not much sign of the storm in the city, but she had been told it would hit later that evening.
"It is really windy and it is raining a lot. The hotel has put us all on lower floors and some zones of the city have been evacuated.
"We have been on Times Square, it is not as busy as it usually is, but its not quiet.
Ms Nicholas said a lot of things were open on Times Square but "all of the shows are closed and the subways are closed too.
"I'm worried about it spoiling our holiday but I'm not worried about feeling safe."