Dancer's terror as New York hides from the 'Frankenstorm'
A DANCER from Saltash has described her "terror" as she attempts to take shelter in the heart of what could be the biggest storm to ever hit the American mainland.
Twenty-three-year-old Jasmine Gregory, who flew to New York on Saturday to visit her boyfriend, spoke to The Herald just hours before Hurricane Sandy, dubbed a "Frankenstorm", was due to hit America's east coast.
Jasmine is staying with 25-year-old Stephen Spratt, from Plympton, in Murray Hill on Third Avenue on the East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan, just one block away from where thousands of people have been evacuated.
Speaking to the Herald last night she said: "It's seriously terrifying here – I'm so scared.
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"It's so windy we can see trees down on Avenue One. The water is really rough and has risen dramatically. We can see the water level from Stephen's apartment but the storm hasn't hit yet.
"It's very eerie. New York is the city that never sleeps and on Sunday night 24-hour shops, diners and restaurants were all shutting. There's no transport running either and shops are being raided for food supplies. People are starting to protect their homes and businesses.
"Stephen and I have been inside since 9pm on Sunday. They stopped all public transport at 7pm so it was very hard to get home as everyone was flagging down cabs. It was a bit of a panic but we luckily got one."
Yesterday weather reports were warning people in New York City and the immediate suburbs that there was a "significant threat to life and property" as the hurricane drew nearer.
Forecasters have been telling residents to ensure all windows and doors are secured before the dangerous winds arrive and during the storm, stay inside and away from windows.
Jasmine said: "I'm terrified. I feel like my insides are shaking. It's all over the news. The big screens above the subways have information on what to expect and we keep checking the internet to see what's happening.
"The New York Mayor has told us not to act like everything will be ok. He has said not to act like a hero and to prepare for the worst.
"We can't go outside because of all the flying debris, like trees and branches. We have been told to prepare our homes with food and to have a 'to go' bag ready with things like water, energy bars, torches and identification documents in. It's mega scary.
"Stephen went to buy lots of candles and a torch because the risk of power outages is very real too.
"I feel like we are waiting for something terrible to happen. Waiting for the unknown is awfully scary."
As The Herald went to print Hurricane Sandy was closing in on highly populated areas of the US east coast.