Kiwis brace for US superstorm

20:22, Oct 29 2012
A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.
A wave crashes over the protecting sandbags in front of the houses on the east side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The area has been ravaged by several storms over the years and has suffered severe erosions problems.
US Route 30, the White Horse Pike, one of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water from Absecon Bay in this view looking west, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
US Route 30, the White Horse Pike, one of three major approaches to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is covered with water from Absecon Bay in this view looking west, during the approach of Hurricane Sandy.
A truck drives through water pushed over a road by Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
A truck drives through water pushed over a road by Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
An Army vehicle makes its way down a flooded street in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
An Army vehicle makes its way down a flooded street in Ocean City, Maryland, as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
Bracing against the wind, a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland.
Bracing against the wind, a man wades through a street flooded during Hurricane Sandy in Ocean City, Maryland.
A wall of water batters what remains of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Maryland as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
A wall of water batters what remains of the fishing pier in Ocean City, Maryland as Hurricane Sandy intensifies.
A marina floods onto the road as Hurricane Sandy hits Ocean City, Maryland.
A marina floods onto the road as Hurricane Sandy hits Ocean City, Maryland.
Two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
Two boys run down Foster Avenue while dodging high winds and waves from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Marshfield, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Siding was ripped off of this house in high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Scituate, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A man walks into the wind across the Hudson River from the skyline of New York in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Streets are deserted as Hurricane Sandy comes ashore in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Men try to save a boat which became unmoored and washed up on shore due to high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Scituate, Massachusetts.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Kiwi Dave Turner, who's studying at Harvard, took this photo of some of the storm damage in his street in Cambridge.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Kiwi Dave Turner said the tree took out power to his street. He said it was pretty wet and windy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the moment, just "like Wellington on a bad day".
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A construction vehicle drives through the flooded streets of Brooklyn, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A local resident navigates the flooded streets of Brooklyn.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy floods through a home in Southampton, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Young boys play video games while in the sleeping area of a Red Cross shelter in Hampton Bays, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A driver stops to watch storm surf kicked up by the high winds from Hurricane Sandy in Southampton, New York.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Fire fighters gather in front of a partially collapsed four-storey apartment building in Manhattan. The building's facade collapsed after high winds hit New York City.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A man stands in front of a flooded building in Manhattan.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
A deluge of water floods the Battery Tunnel in Manhattan.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Floodwaters from super storm Sandy rush into the Port Authority Trans-Hudson's Hoboken, New Jersey station through an elevator shaft.
A crane hangs from a building after being damaged in winds from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Fire and rescue crews lead a boat of power workers through flood waters after their power station was over run by flood waters in New York.
Residents, including a young child, are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
Residents, including a child, are rescued by emergency personnel from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
A New York carpark is submerged.
A New York carpark is submerged.
Sandy flooding
Damage along the shoreline caused by Hurricane Sandy in Milford, Connecticut.
The Bounty
The Bounty replica is submerged off the US's East Coast.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Residents walk along Broadway Avenue as they inspect damage from Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
Water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy splashes into the window of a building standing by the shore in Bellport, New York.
Water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy splashes into the window of a building standing by the shore in Bellport, New York.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.
Residents of Rockaways, New York, survey the devastation caused by a fire which broke out during Hurricane Sandy.

New Zealanders are among people in the United States bracing for Hurricane Sandy, amid warnings from authorities the super storm could be deadly.

Cantabrian Chris Carter woke this morning to see "huge chunks of debris" floating down the Hudson River.

Carter has lived on the ninth story of an apartment building in Newport, New York for the past three years.

"[The super storm is] really starting to build up and get progressively worse," Carter said.

"It was really bad this morning when I woke up. There was quite a bit of debris, sizeable stuff, floating down the river."

Carter and his wife had not yet been told to evacuate and hoped being on the ninth floor would be enough to avoid flooding.

"It's actually pretty low considering how high the building is but we're hoping we're high enough up. We're going to have a pretty good view."

A concerned atmosphere was growing in New York, Carter said.

"Yesterday, a lot of people were joking around but today I think they're starting to realise it's more serious than that.

"Hurricane Irene was really built up and then a bit of a fizzer so I think people were kind of thinking that about this one. They're just starting to realise it's a bit worse."

Carter and his wife were prepared for several days inside.

"We will be all right for a few days. Work has been cancelled and the subway's down so we're not going anywhere."

Pete O'Keeffe and his daughter Louisa have driven from New York to Connecticut, passing a deserted Niagara Falls.

"All hotels and motels in Fairfield are booked out for tomorrow night due to people being evacuated from the coastal regions," O'Keeffe said.

"We have a room tonight but not sure where we will bunk tomorrow.  Interesting the amount of people who are heading to the coast to 'look' at what is or is going to happen."

Three New Zealanders, friends Rikke Harker, Nick Bull and Hannah Clarke-Sersen, are on a private yacht in New York's Hudson River.

Harker said the weather was getting "pretty hairy", but they had decided to stay on the yacht rather than leaving the city.

"We were docked on Chelsea Piers but had to move for safety as water levels were rising fast," Harker said.

"We have lots of supplies and should be safe."

She described Manhattan as a "ghost town".

Simon Home was also staying put at his home in New Jersey, despite his town being at risk of major flooding from the Ramapo River.

"We have been told to expect power outages, flooding and 60-plus sustained mph winds," he said. "All the locals have spent the last two days buttoning up and getting ready, food, propane, water, batteries, generators etc.

"It's almost a party atmosphere here as the nervous apprehension builds."

Matt Greenslade
BRACING FOR WORST: Matt Greenslade with his wife Shelly and their children Sophie and James. They live in Hartsdale, about 40 kilometres from Manhattan.

Former Cantabrian Matt Greenslade is "getting nervous" as Hurricane Sandy approaches his New York home.

Greenslade, who lives with his family about 40 kilometres from Manhattan, said it had started raining about four hours ago and winds had been increasing all morning.

"The trees are really being buffeted about. It comes in huge gusts.

"Lots of sirens going this morning actually. Not many cars out. I saw three people out walking on our street. Madness. These trees are all tall and old and branches are going to come down."

Greenslade had stocked up on supplies but was concerned about potentially losing power.

"My neighbour across the road is worried about a cracked branch on his next door neighbour's tree. This branch is directly above the power lines that supply us all. If the power supply goes it's likely to be several days before they can reconnect it.

"I have friends who had no power for four or five days last year."

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