September 15, 2008

Scottish Schoolchildren and Teachers Among Those Fleeing Hurricane Ike


A GROUP of Scottish students and teachers are among nearly a million people along the Texas coast in the US who have been ordered to evacuate ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Ike, which weather experts warn could cause deaths.

The 26 students and five staff from schools across Scotland left Glasgow last week on a 10-day tour of Nasa's Johnson Space Centre in Houston. They were moved to a hotel near the airport yesterday in a mandatory evacuation.

The 16 and 17-year-olds were selected from 3000 young people involved in a careers service programme encouraging students to take up careers in science, engineering and technology.

A spokeswoman for Skills Development Scotland said the decision to evacuate was taken following consultation with local emergency services and in line with its own health and safety procedures.

Danny Logue, director of careers with the organisation, said: "We are keeping a close eye on the situation and ensuring that family members are being regularly updated.

"We have obviously considered flying the party home early but because of the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ike on the Texan coast and the current demands on flight services from Houston, this does not look likely."

Mr Logue said the students had taken the evacuation "very much in their stride".

The students toured the historic Nasa mission control centre that was used during the Apollo space flights, and also worked with astronauts and scientists at various lectures, workshops, group tasks and assignments They are due to return on Monday.

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