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Trying to get home after being trapped in Cabo

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hurricane Odile is long gone but its impact is still being felt in Cabo San Lucas, where many tourists are still stranded.

Cabo's airport is closed because of the damage, causing flights to be canceled and leaving travelers scrambling to find ways to get home. Hotels are flooded and destroyed, with looters taking over stores. There's limited power and water.

Among the thousands of tourists stranded is a group including a pregnant woman from Temecula. However, two step-sisters were able to escape Hurricane Odile with some quick thinking.

"When we were taking the bus I was looking behind and you could see all the dark clouds coming, but we beat it," Erica Johnsen said.

When Erica woke up Sunday morning, Alaska Airlines alerted her their flight out of Cabo San Lucas at 5 p.m. was canceled. They dropped off the rental car and headed to La Paz Airport, where prices surged before that airport closed.

"We started running. We looked at each other and started running," Kelly Musala said.

They booked it to the bus station.

"Once we got there we were two of four tourists on the bus, and I really think we were the only four that made it out of that area," Kelly's aid.

They were back in Tijuana the next day.

Meanwhile, a San Diego bachelorette and her party sent us a picture from their flight to Tijuana, with the Mexican president giving them a speech. They say they know they are leaving behind other stranded tourists and the locals who lost everything.

"They lost a lot and we had the money to get a bus and get out of there. They are still there and dealing with a lot of havoc, it's sad," Kelly said.

Families worry the word is not getting out that tourists need the Mexican military at Cabo San Lucas Airport. The State Department has set up a crisis hotline for relatives to get updates on conditions and evacuations. CLICK HERE >>

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