Pinchbeck couple caught up in New York storm

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A Pinchbeck couple’s shopping trip to New York took an unexpected twist when Hurricane Sandy hit.

Michael and Michelle Nicholls flew to the Big Apple last Friday hoping to spend four days seeing the sights and indulging in a spot of retail therapy.

But they spent most of that time cowering in the swanky Hudson Hotel, just a block from Central Park and two streets away from where one of the most iconic images of the superstorm – a crane dangling precariously – was taken.

And their trip, which should have ended on Tuesday, has had to be extended until next Wednesday as flights out of the country continue to be disrupted by the storm, which has battered a large area of the north east and claimed upwards of 30 lives.

New York has been one of the worst hit areas with floodwater swamping the subway system, flooding streets and wiping out power.

Michelle’s sister Sandy Newell said: “Fortunately we have been able to stay in touch by text and Facebook, but she warned us that they could lose power at anytime and not to worry if she didn’t contact me.

“Michelle and Michael’s children Jordan and Jamie, who are 13 and 11, have been staying with me and they have been quite worried after watching the coverage on television.

“But I spoke to Michelle yesterday who said the sun had come out and some of the shops were reopening.

“It seems like the threat has definitely passed but at the height she told me they had not been able to leave the hotel.

“She refused to tell me too much about it so as not to worry us, but it looks as though it’s been really bad.”