A charity worker from the Midlands is one of millions of people caught in the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
David Darg lived in Herefordshire for 20 years before moving to Virginia Beach. He now works for Operation Blessing, who work to alleviate poverty across the world.
But high winds and power shortages have threatened cities along the East Coast as the superstorm batters its way over 800 miles.
Several places have declared states of emergency and subways, buses and commuter trains, as well as schools, have been shut down. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered people in low-lying areas to evacuate.