Stranded Students Return Home

The latest on students from Shropshire and Leicester who were stuck in New York, as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

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Schoolgirls back home after being stranded in New York

38 schoolgirls from Leicester High School were stranded in New York because of Superstorm Sandy Credit: Leicester High School For Girls

38 schoolgirls from Leicester stranded in New York after Superstorm Sandy have returned home.

The sixth formers from Leicester High School for Girls were on a cultural trip to the city but were forced to cancel a trip to Washington because of the hurricane, which brought gusts of over 85mph and severe flooding to thousands of homes across the East coast of the United States.

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Shropshire school children return from Hurricane-hit New York

Pupils from a Shropshire School have returned home from New York today after being caught up in the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast of America on Monday (October 29).

Pupils and staff from The Priory School in Shrewsbury, returned to the school this morning where parents were waiting for their arrival.

Pupil Niall Salisbury told ITV Central what it was like during the storm.

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Schoolgirls stuck in New York home by next week

The 38 schoolgirls stuck in New York have managed to secure flights home six days after they were due home.

The girls battled out one of the biggest storms in living memory from Monday 29 October through the early hours of Tuesday 30.

Three of the girls will be flying home on Monday as they are either running out of medication or have important exams that determine if they get into their chosen university. Everyone else will be flying home on Tuesday.

Read about their experiences here.

Leicester schoolgirls stuck in New York text pictures

The girls are anxious to get home as some have important exams next week Credit: Leicester High School for Girls

The 38 Leicester schoolgirls stuck in New York have text Central News pictures from New York as they struggle to find flights home.

The girls battled out one of the biggest storms in living memory from Monday 29 October through the early hours of Tuesday 30.

The girls have had to double up in the hotel rooms due to their unexpected extended stay Credit: Leicester High School for Girls

The storm which has killed 55 people and left the north east coast of the US devastated was downgraded from a Hurricane to a tropical storm as it hit New York.

The 38 schoolgirls are unable to get to Washington to catch their flight as transport is down Credit: Leicester High School for Girls

The girls who are staying in a hotel in Times Square were told to buy provisions before the storm hit and had to remain in the hotel for 22 hours until it was deemed safe enough to go outside.

The girls aged between 15 and 18 are on a school culture trip and were due to fly home yesterday.

The girls sent Central News pictures of New York before and after superstorm Sandy Credit: Leicester High School for Girls

However as the massive clean-up operation gets underway in New York the school teachers are desperately trying to find a way of flying the girls home as some of them have important exams next week.

Symbol of destruction: The image of this crane destroyed by the storm has been beamed around the world Credit: Leicester High School for Girls

The girls text Central News throughout the storm describing the moment the "skies turned black and there was an eerie silence."

To read the schoolgirls' account and see more pictures click here.

All subways are closed until further notice due to extensive flooding across New York Credit: Leicester High School for Girls
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