The daughter of a former Southland woman has had to leave her dormitory at a New Jersey university as residents in the northeast United States prepare for a superstorm.
Jessica Calverley has gone back to her family's home further north in the state to sit out Hurricane Sandy, which some forecasters are warning could be "unprecedented".
Her mum Jacinta Calverley, who is originally from Southland, said yesterday they were waiting in the calm before the storm.
The family home was about 65km inland from Manhattan and it was thought the biggest risk in that area was the possibility of a power cut.
"We're fine. We might get damage from wind or trees being knocked onto houses, or flying projectiles," Mrs Calverley said.
"It's not nerve-racking. All you can do is be really sensible."
The people she was sorry for were those living along the coast who were already being hammered by the wind and storm surges.
Jessica, 18, and her older sister Rebekah, 20, attend university in southern New Jersey, about 30km inland from Atlantic City.
Their classes have been cancelled for at least two days, with the biggest concern being the amount of rainfall that might build up in the area.
Jessica had been told she had to evacuate the dormitory where she stayed.
Rebekah, who flatted near the university, had gone to stay at the home of her flatmate's parents.
Classes had also been cancelled for youngest daughter Sophie, 15, a high school student.
In the 12 years the family, including husband Richard from Feilding, had lived in the US the worst weather had probably been that caused by Hurricane Irene 14 months ago.
The biggest difference in the lead-up to Sandy, compared to Irene, was the level of preparation this time. Last year, utilities had too few workers available to deal with problems.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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