Superstorm Sandy hit the north east US coastline last night, with record levels of sea water flooding New York and 90 mph winds plunging the city into darkness leaving millions without power.
It is reported that 7 subway tunnels are completely flooded by the storm to have reportedly killed at least thirteen people.
The deadly storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone minutes before striking at midnight (8pm local time) experts said the distinction was technical.
Thirty-eight schoolchildren aged between 15 and 18 from Leicester High School for Girls who are on a trip to New York were forced to barricade themselves in their hotel with their teacher to await the storm.
Central News spoke to the Head of Year Angela Lancini last night before the storm hit, she said she has reassured parents that the children are all safe and have plenty of water and food.
The schoolchildren who are on a culture trip were due to be in Washington yesterday but were stranded in New York after all flights were cancelled.
The children sent Central News photographs of New York preparing for Hurricane Sandy and recorded what happened overnight and how they felt as the storm approached.
Sent from their mobiles from a hotel in New York this is the schoolgirls' experience of one of the worst storms in living memory.
It is now the middle of the night in New York we will get more updates from the girls when in a few hours.
A lengthy clean up operation will now begin in New York where the damage is reportedly estimated to rise up to $20 billion.
The Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg has told people to remain indoors and only to call emergency services if they are in a life-threatening situation.