Impact of hurricane sandy on NYC?

(52 Posts)
missali Sat 27-Oct-12 21:30:53

I am a teacher and due to take a school trip to NYC on Monday for 5 days. What's the likelihood of us actually getting there? Will be gutted for the kids if we end up having to cancel..

OhYouBigBadBeast Sat 27-Oct-12 22:04:20

I have to be brutally honest, I think the chances of it not being able to happen are quite high I'm afraid.

info for checking flights
The trip leader needs to check flight status regularly tomorrow.
We are talking about the hurricane more here

I'll see if I can dig out any more info.

OhYouBigBadBeast Sat 27-Oct-12 22:08:13

I'm afraid this isn't a comforting website but it seems to present a realistic discussion.
I'm really sorry.

difficultpickle Sat 27-Oct-12 22:09:44

State of emergency declared in New York. The report I heard earlier said the storm front was 800 miles wide and could linger for 36 hours. I would expect the airports to be closed.

BloooCowWonders Sat 27-Oct-12 22:10:52

Flights have been cancelled and rerouted already. Sorry to say this but not a chance you'll go. sad Really sorry.

NatashaBee Sat 27-Oct-12 22:11:15

Based on what I've heard so far (DSD due to travel Sunday night so I've been checking for updates) it sounds unlikely that the airport will be open.

Viperidae Sat 27-Oct-12 22:34:04

DS is in New York at the moment, due to fly back Monday and says they have heard about storm but not being made a big deal of where they are. They are due to fly back Mon and, so far, all flights are still shown as planned although obviously it may change

Viperidae Sun 28-Oct-12 01:02:08

Actually I take that back, think BA are changing flight times!

MmeLindor Sun 28-Oct-12 01:04:46

Just been chatting to a friend on Twitter. She's preparing for the storm and said it was forecast to be a big one.

Would you be able to reschedule the trip?

NapOfTheDamned Sun 28-Oct-12 01:11:52

Dr Jeff Masters on weather underground is the go-to expert on hurricanes and we in the tropics in the path of hurricanes read his blog religiously (Sandy missed us by 160 miles but we still got 9 foot waves on my island)

I'm afraid it is not looking too good for NYC

www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

missali Sun 28-Oct-12 08:04:52

Thanks all..the trip leader is me! Phoned the airline yesterday and they said no flights changed yet..will phone airline and tour operator at lunchtime today. Feel so bad for the students, several of them have worked a few part time jobs to pay for it themselves!

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 08:11:05

Missali I hope that you can get some realistic info then.
Just occurred to me that with the time difference there may not be updated info from the airports until they all wake up. I'd check with the hotel too to make sure they aren't in a flood zone and be aware that they may have to shut the subways etc from this evening.
I'm so sorry for you all, it's really shit.

difficultpickle Sun 28-Oct-12 09:50:27

Hopefully you've booked a package. If not even if the flights are cancelled you will still be liable for the hotel costs, unless you have 24 hr cancellation notice with the hotel (which is pretty common for NY hotels ime).

missali Sun 28-Oct-12 10:54:31

Yes we're on a full package deal, interestingly UK airport have just phoned me to say no cancellation of flights yet..

helpyourself Sun 28-Oct-12 13:17:40

DD and I are on manhattan now! It's a little overcast and blowy, but no drama yet. We're due to fly out from Newark Tuesday afternoon, so have changed our plans to go to Ellis Island today rather than tomorrow as I reckon the pleasure ferries will be the first to be cancelled.

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 15:13:47
Viperidae Sun 28-Oct-12 16:27:14

Some BA flights are now cancelled for later tonight.

MooncupGoddess Sun 28-Oct-12 17:57:38

It's sounding really serious, isn't it.

I have a friend who flew back into Heathrow during the 1987 storm - he says it was one of the most terrifying experiences of his life, the plane took several attempts to land and passengers were screaming and throwing up everywhere. So the airlines are not being unnecessarily overcautious!

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 19:16:52

It's also partly down to risk of damage to planes and runways if the airport floods. LaGardia and JFK are both particularly vulnerable. So there may be early cancellations due to airlines not wanting their airplanes in a vulnerable place.

clam Sun 28-Oct-12 19:34:39

If you look at the Heathrow live departures site, it shows lots of US flights as being cancelled.

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 19:46:05

Oh yes Clam. Not good for people hoping to get in ahead of the storm.

How's it going missali? ( I expect you are very very busy at the moment)

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 19:48:01

3 of the cancelled planes all seem to be the same one on a code share though.

mumblechum1 Sun 28-Oct-12 19:49:51

Oh blogs this is the first I've heard of this. DS in Washington on a school trip, due to go to NYC on a coach tomorrow or Tues, not sure which.

Aaargh.

OhYouBigBadBeast Sun 28-Oct-12 19:54:29

I'm sure they will be sensible mumblechum and probably stay put. Are there any updates on the school website?

mumblechum1 Sun 28-Oct-12 19:56:23

No, not a sausage. And he went on Fri morning and we haven't heard a peep by way of texts or anything

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