Schoolgirls stranded in New York by superstorm Sandy have arrived home safely.
The pupils from Leicester High School were greeted by relieved friends and relatives when their coach pulled up in London Road yesterday. They had flown into Heathrow early yesterday morning after being delayed for six days.
An advanced party of three pupils and a teacher had managed to get on a flight a day earlier.
Mum Fiona Jenkins, whose twin daughters Emily and Sarah were on the overnight flight, said: "We are very happy and relieved to see them both."
Father Colin said: "We communicated with them often and always knew what was going on, which helped a lot."
The group of 38 15 to 18-year-olds and four teachers managed to escape the major trauma of the storm.
Alice Marlow, whose mum Denise decorated her room for her while she was delayed, said: "When I saw mum, she started crying so it set me off."
Sorcha Whyte, 17, from Market Harborough, who sent messages back as the storm raged, was one of the three girls to come back on Monday.
She said: "It feels strange to be back and it's as if I have been away for ages."
The trip, which was meant to last seven days, ended up being a 13-day break after the storm hit Manhattan on Monday, October 29.
Headmistress Julia Burns said: "The girls' resilience and positive attitude throughout has been a fine example of fortitude to all of our girls."
Seven of the girls came close to missing English GCSEs and medical school examinations.
But the school managed to persuade the examinations board to delay the exams, ensuring the girls could recover from their jet lag.