by: John Bachman Updated:
Thirty metro Atlanta high school students stranded in New York City by Superstorm Sandy are heading home.
The group left at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. They told Channel 2's John Bachman they've had fun but are ready to get home.
Channel 2 first tracked them down Monday and followed them throughout the storm. They've been emailing Bachman video every day, including Wednesday as they left town on a bus.
"I'm very excited to go home. I have two siblings who are like, 'When are you coming home?’" Jonesboro High School student Nancy Saucedo said.
Callie Christian added, "I'm excited to see my parents, but I'm going to miss New York and hanging with my friends."
The Jonesboro students finished fourth in the Mock Trial World Championship this weekend. They've been holed up in their hotel ever since.
The group was originally supposed to fly home, but the next available flight isn't until Thursday, so they're riding a bus.
"(I’d) rather fly in an airplane, but at least we'll have more quality time with the team," said student Kennedy Arley.
They're also missing Halloween at home, but this has been a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
"See you soon, Atlanta," the group cheered as their bus left their hotel.
The Jonesboro students are sharing their bus with Atlanta International School students who were stranded in the same hotel for the same mock trial championship. They are expected back in metro Atlanta by 8 a.m. Thursday.