Tewkesbury School students stranded in America as Hurricane Sandy approaches
STUDENTS from Tewkesbury School are believed to be among the thousands of stranded tourists in America.
The group of youngsters are understood to be in New Jersey tonight as Hurricane Sandy threatens to swamp the east coast of the US.
The school's website states that pupils on the ten-day trip to the States would leave on Friday, October 19 and return on Monday, October 29.
But student Zoe Harrison of Tewkesbury has told reporters that they are unable to return home until the storm has passed.
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Zoe told BBC Radio 5 Live that the students were safe but they didn't think they would be able to get a flight until November 7.
The main concern for those on the East coast is that the hurricane might cause a swell in the tide and that might lead to river levels increasing so much that they would cause flooding in the city.
In New York City, thousands of people were ordered to leave their homes and evacuation shelters were set up.
Public transport was halted and the New York Stock Exchange closed.
Forecasters feared Sandy would become a super-storm as it was due to collide with cold weather fronts from the west and north.