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Superstorm Sandy: Britons caught up in New York holiday horror – Telegraph

October 30, 2012

“It was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime but it’s been horrible, really horrible. I’m finding it all very overwhelming,” said Gail Tudball, brushing away tears.

The 50-year-old from Wales was one of thousands of British tourists caught up in the drama of Hurricane Sandy. She and three friends were forced to evacuate their midtown hotel on Monday afternoon after a crane in a nearby skyscraper buckled in the high winds and hung perilously from the 90 storey building. The women had to stand out in the cold and rain for more than two hours after police barricaded the streets and refused to let them back into their hotel. Along with other tourists, they were given temporary sanctuary in the Ritz Carlton but had to leave when too many people crowded the lobby seeking respite from the storm. With other evacuees, they were taken in a coach with a police escort through the dark and debris-strewn streets of Manhattan to the Louis D Brandeis High School on West 84th Street, which had been designated a temporary shelter.

 

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