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SA man describes night with Sandy

2012-11-01 08:26

Johannesburg - A South African man living on the US’s East Coast has described how Superstorm Sandy took down large trees in his area and sent the roof tiles flying off of his house.

Paul van Essche, from Eshowe, has been living in Westchester County, 40km north of New York, for almost five years, reported the Daily News.

The management consultant said Sandy had given him the chance to buy “cool stuff” such as a 12m ladder, a chainsaw, emergency food and storm gear.

“The good part about a pending storm is the excuse to get cool stuff you wouldn’t normally buy… I bought a 40-foot [12m] ladder, a chainsaw, a hard hat, some huge tarpaulins, ropes and a bunch of other sundries that helped to max out my Visa card,” said Van Essche.

He said roof tiles started flying off with heavy rains and strong winds and the family decided to sleep in one room on the bottom floor of their house and not in the bedrooms on the upper floor.

Several trees surrounding the property, including one very large one, fell down but luckily just missed his house, Van Essche said.

Van Essche said they were lucky to still have power and phone services and had been able to talk to family and friends.

Comments
  • Gordon20 - 2012-11-01 08:39

    "SA man describes night with Sandy" come on News24, keep it clean!!!

      brian.phakamani - 2012-11-01 09:28

      Da worst is yet to come,glass,steel

      art5SA - 2012-11-01 09:38

      Irene was good... but SANDY BLEW ME AWAY!!!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-01 08:52

    sounds like a romantic night to me.

  • kaapse.snaai - 2012-11-01 08:53

    Dirty title that one!! Its amazing how you stoop so low just to get people to read your stuff

  • Francois Steyn - 2012-11-01 08:59

    In SA we do not have hurricanes to destroy the country because the ANC is doing a better job of if.

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-01 09:15

      Francois Steyn not exactly Africa is a blessed continent because of black people.We do not go around the world grabbing countries and other peoples' places and we also emit less gases because we are "backwards"?

      bontle.lamola - 2012-11-01 09:18

      May we just be apolitical for a day.

      shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-11-01 09:26

      @mshini: In what language does war-torn, starving, destitute and AIDS ridden constitute \blessed\?

      art5SA - 2012-11-01 09:41

      LOL @ Mshiniboys... "Blessed continent because of Black People...." That one TRUELY SLAYED ME!!!!

      Francois Steyn - 2012-11-01 09:41

      Sorry if my attempt at a joke did not strike your fancy mshini. Also the comment/joke refers to ANC. Please read it again and you will not see any reference whatsoever to black people. Do you insinuate that the ANC is only for black people? Here I thought their slogan stated a better life for all.

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-01 09:52

      shaunpatrickdaly if you had gone to school you would know that there was no AIDS here before your kind Wouter Basson arrived and all the guns that make African countries "wartone" today were not there before your kind came and colonised those countries.You made slaves of the people stealing cattle and destroying crops so they could depend on you thus bringing starvation.You people are known all over the world for coming into countries and destroy them by making the people turn against each other so you can bring in the so called "peace keepers" once the people are divided so they can think you are helping them.In that way you can lay your hands on the natural resources.We know that habit.

      Shaun Daly - 2012-11-01 10:18

      Thanks to my never having attended any school, I've never been made aware of all the wonderful scientific and cultural achivements made by pre colonial sub saharan africans. Could you maybe help educate this poor ignorant soul?

      Shaun Daly - 2012-11-01 10:32

      No? Then maybe you could show me the colonies my people, the Irish, established while spending 800 years as a colony themselves?

      mshiniboys - 2012-11-01 12:34

      Shaun Daly then get out of my country and go home to your wife.you are not so welcome here mr Irish.

      shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-11-01 13:40

      Funnily enough, the only reason I'm in SA is because my wife is South African. When I do leave eventually leave, I'll be taking my buissness the 11 jobs I've created for my emplyees, ergo 11 South Africans and their families DO need me.

  • shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-11-01 09:24

    Sounds like a bit of a tool.

  • Tebz001 - 2012-11-01 09:30

    "A South African man living on the US’s East Coast.." , "...for almost five years..."..he is nolonger a South African.

      art5SA - 2012-11-01 09:43

      As long as you return to SA once a year.... or you do NOT have a US Passport... you REMAIN a SAFFA!

      aru.su.5 - 2012-11-01 10:12

      Do you even know what you are talking about? I was living in the US for 12 years and was still a South African citizen. Unless you marry an American or get fast-tracked because of being a celeb or something, it takes MANY many years to become an American using the normal route.

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-11-01 09:34

    It is hard for me to take this as punishment from God, and start believe our Sin are vanished. We are still praying Our God to Secure our Family, Friends and all Peoples in World. Knee down and pray the Mighty God

  • Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2012-11-01 11:14

    @Steyn hw abt u go 2 ur hericanes n leave us in peace in our dark continent.

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