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Swindon residents stuck in New York due to Hurricane Sandy
SWINDONIANS are amongst those who have been left stranded in New York city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The storm, which is battering the East Coast of America, has grounded flights meaning tourists, such as Gemma Collins, are stuck.
Gemma, who is on holiday with her boyfriend, was due to fly home last night, but has now been told the earliest flight they can get on is Friday.
"As Monday was our last day, luckily we have done everything we wanted to do," said 28-year-old Gemma.
"Things started shutting on Sunday between 4pm and 6pm, so not a lot open . Food and drink places mainly."
Also braving out the storm in the Big Apple is Charlotte Nice, who moved to Brooklyn from Swindon last month to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
A friend from Swindon is currently visiting her - and the trip has had to be extended due to flight cancellations.
"The city got eerily quiet on Sunday," said the 23-year-old.
"Even before the subways closed the streets were practically empty. However the supermarkets were a different story- items like bread and bottled drinks had flown off the shelves and the queues were ridiculously long.
"My friend Charlotte is currently visiting me from Swindon and she was due to fly back Monday night.
"We found out Sunday afternoon her flight had been cancelled and so now fingers crossed she'll be able to make her way home on Wednesday."
- Do you know someone who is stuck in New York because of Hurricane Sandy? Or maybe you're an American living in Swindon concerned about friends and family in the States? Email the newsdesk on email@example.com
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