Carmarthen school's100-strong party 'safe' as Hurricane Sandy strikes
WEST Wales school pupils who found themselves stuck in New York as Hurricane Sandy struck are safe and secure.
More than 100 pupils and staff from Ysgol Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen landed in the Big Apple at 6pm on Sunday night, just before the storm hit the city on Monday evening.
Since the 104 pupils and teachers made it to Manhattan, the school has been reassuring parents, relatives and friends that the group are safe and secure.
Dorian Williams, head teacher of Ysgol Bro Myrddin, said deputy head teacher Euryn Madoc-Jones was with the group and was in regular contact with the school. The school said all staff and pupils were safe in the hotel.
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The group had a meeting yesterday morning to discuss their itinerary for the day.
Mr Williams said: "They are happy and have settled in well.
"The pupils are staying in Manhattan at a central hotel far away from where the flooding is."
He said the teachers and pupils were going to rearrange their itinerary as a result of the storm.
"The pupils are perfectly safe and the safety of the pupils is of paramount importance," he added.
''The visits will be changed in accordance with the local weather forecast and guidance by police in New York."
Pupils and staff from Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi in Llandysul have been forced to extend their New York stay until at least today, as Hurricane Sandy prevented their departure on Sunday evening.
A spokesman from Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi said: "Due to the present circumstances in New York, a group of Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi students and their teachers, including the head teacher, have had to prolong their stay in the city.
"They are being well looked after and there is no concern regarding their safety.
"Strategies have been put in place by the school to contact parents and to keep them updated.
"The teachers have reacted professionally to the situation and consider the students' welfare and safety as a priority."
Meanwhile, Gerald Davies, from Three Crosses, travelled to New York with his wife Pamela for a wedding, but as the storm approached the couple found themselves holed up in their hotel instead.
Mr Davies said via his Facebook page: "Windows rattling all sorts of noises outside: Halloween's come early. Expecting around 75 to 100mph at this height — 29th floor.
"The noises of fire trucks and police sirens outside is an awesome cacophony of sound with the whistling and wind banging against the window in support.
"It's really a frightening, but fascinating experience.
"Head down and try and sit it out the only option I guess."
Mr Davies added that he and his wife were hoping that their flight home would not be affected.
He added: "My wife is a community midwife and needs to get back to work by Friday as she's on call."