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You tell us; Following superstorm Sandy on the US East Coast, analysts are weighing up how much it will impact on the economy. With tourism a big factor we find out whether Tynesiders would still be keen to holiday there.

IMAGES of devastated areas of East Coast America have dominated the news this week.

Floods, fires and thousands of homes destroyed have as a result of Hurricane Sandy which hit the region on Monday night.

We asked staff at recruitment agency Kelly Services on Grey Street, Newcastle, whether this week's events would deter them from visiting the US in future.

Grant Smith, 33, from Gateshead, said: "It wouldn't put me off going to America because it's not a regular occurrence in the areas I'd be interested in going to like California."

Marc Redmond, 26, from Heaton, Newcastle, added: "It wouldn't stop me from going either because I'm not stupid enough to go during the hurricane season."

Jane Clark, 27, from Longbenton, Newcastle, said: "It definitely wouldn't put me off because I've always wanted to go to New York."

Recruitment manager Michelle Spinks, 35, from Consett, County Durham, said: "Kelly's is an American company so the hurricane has probably affected our staffing levels across there.

She added: "I wouldn't go to America and one of the main reasons is because it's really prone to hurricanes and I don't want to die."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2012
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