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Southend woman braced for 'Frankenstorm' as Hurricane Sandy set to hit USA
A FORMER Southend woman is bracing herself as 1,000-mile wide Hurricane Sandy hits her new home in America.
Nicci Hartland, whose family still lives in Southend, is taking refuge in her third floor flat in Newark, New Jersey, as 85mph winds and 11ft waves bash America’s East Coast.
Nicci said: “I’m pretty nervous because I’ve been in three or four of these storms before but they normally just head up the coast. This one is heading straight for us.
“We know we are going to have a lot more damage and flooding.”
The former Eastwood School pupil, who moved to the States 17 years ago, said the wind and rain had been “relentless” for the past 24 hours, people had stocked up on non-perishable food and only emergency vehicles are allowed on the roads.