Hurricane kids back home safe

The Hudson River swells and rises over the banks of the Hoboken, N.J. waterfront as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.�(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
The Hudson River swells and rises over the banks of the Hoboken, N.J. waterfront as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.�(AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Schoolchildren on a trip to New York, who found themselves stranded by Hurricane Sandy, returned home safely this week.

A total of 38 pupils and six staff from Sandiacre Friesland School had travelled to the US on Friday October 26 for a five-day trip to see a Broadway show.

But their flight home last Tuesday was one of 18,000 cancelled because of the storm, which ravaged the Caribbean and East coast of the USA.

The group returned home on Friday, having been holed up for an extra three days.

At one stage their tour company had to move them to a different location after the power was cut in their original hotel.

Sandy killed at least 185 people across in the Caribbean and the US, where it affected 24 states.

It is thought to have caused billions of pounds worth of damage and left millions without electricity.