Pupils and a teacher from a Leicester school have barricaded themselves inside a hotel in New York after being caught in one of the biggest storms in living memory.
Thirty-eight sixth formers from Leicester High School for Girls are currently taking shelter in their hotel in Times Square.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit New York shortly bringing with it gusts of over 85 mph and flooding. Almost 400,000 people have been evacuated from the coast by the US authorities.
The teacher has reassured everyone back in the UK saying that they are safe with plenty of water and food.
The school Media and Marketing assistant said in a statement from Leicester:
– Anne Whitlock
"The subway and shops are shut, and food limited, but they are revising, and keeping their spirits up.
"We have been reassured that they are safe, but obviously there is concern, as the hurricane is still to fully impact. Parents are in contact with the girls and the school."