December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A Norwich pub landlord has today spoken of his relief after hearing from his New York-based son who has emerged unscathed from the hurricane which has battered the East Coast of America - killing up to 13 people.
Roger Cawdron, landlord of the Ribs of Beef pub in Norwich, had been watching the dramatic pictures of the storm unfold on our screens as he waits for news of his son, James, 42, who lives in Manhattan with his wife and three-year-old son.
Mr Cawdron yesterday tweeted his concern for family and friends in a message on social networking site Twitter but has since heard from his son who told him the worst has past.
Mr Cawdron said: “We got a message this morning to say they think the main storm has passed. We’re really relieved and thankful they weren’t involved in the eye of the storm.
“Obviously downtown parts have been flooded round the Battery Park area and I think the biggest inconvenience to them was the fact the subways have been closed. A lot of the public transport has been stopped so it’s difficult for people to get to work.
“The winds did reach a very high velocity and took everything off their balcony, like chairs and flower pots. I think sometimes the gusts were between 90mph and 100mph which, when you’re 16 floors up, is quite impressive.”
Mr Cawdron said his son and their friends and neighbours in the block all got together during the storm to ride it out together.
He said: “They attended a hurricane party last night - a little bit of fun to take their minds off things.”
But although relived for his son and family, Mr Cawdron admitted pictures being beamed back from the US of the damage and devastation done by Sandy were “horrendous”.
Sandy knocked out power to at least 5.7 million people across the east of the country and New York’s main utility provider said large sections of Manhattan had been plunged into darkness by the storm, with 250,000 customers without power as water pressed into the island from three sides.
The 13 deaths were reported in New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Some of the victims were killed by falling trees while police in Toronto said a woman was killed by a falling sign as high winds closed in on Canada’s largest city.
A New York City hospital was moving out more than 200 patients after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out by the storm.
Dozens of ambulances lined up outside NYU Tisch Hospital on Monday night as doctors and nurses began the slow process of taking people out.
Just before Sandy’s centre reached land, the storm was stripped of hurricane status, but the distinction was purely technical, based on its shape and internal temperature.
It still packed hurricane-force wind and forecasters were careful to say it remained every bit as dangerous to the 50m people in its path.