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DALLAS -

A group of students and teachers from North Texas visiting New York for a competition will have to ride out Hurricane Sandy because their flight home was canceled.

The two teachers and 13 students on the Bishop Lynch High School mock trial team competed at the New York Supreme Court in Brooklyn Sunday night. Then they left early and missed the awards banquet because the public transit system began shutting down and they needed to get back to their hotel in New York City.

They were supposed to fly home on Monday, but the storm changed that plan too.

"It's me. This is what's going on. People are milling around," Torrie Holder said in a video to her mother.

The teens and their teachers are staying on the 30th floor of a hotel in Times Square.

Mother and daughter have been emailing, texting and talking on the phone all day.

"I think I'd be crazy not to be concerned and a little bit frightened," Eve Holder said. "I've never been to New York so all I can do is look at a map and see it's pretty much surrounded by water."

The students are now expecting to fly out of La Guardia Airport on Wednesday. But the airport is below sea level so they're just going to have to wait it out before they're able to figure out how and when they'll be getting home.

 

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