Local family’s vacation to Mexico blown away by Hurricane Odile

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A vacation turned into a nightmare for many, including one local family. After the category three Hurricane Odile hit Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Andrew and Sarah Dyerson made it home safely, but not everyone was so lucky.

"I just kept thinking, I can't go back, I can't go back to this shelter and take my family there because it's not safe," said Sarah.

Sarah and her husband Andrew got to Cabo San Lucas Thursday, September 11. On Sunday morning they saw workers at their resort putting up big metal shields.

"We asked, you know, should we be concerned, and they said, 'no it will be okay, it's just going to pass through,'" Andrew recalled.

He said around 6 one evening everyone was told to go to the ballroom, the resort was becoming a shelter, a shelter from hell according to the Dyersons.

"No power, no lights, no water, running out of food, rationing everything," Andrew explained. "Probably 100 feet wide by 50 feet wide, crammed in, blankets on the floor, people laying and sleeping everywhere."

"Water started seeping through the walls and the ceiling," added Sarah, "I thought we were going to die. You just go into survival mode and try to figure out how to keep your child entertained and stay calm so you don't go into labor!"

Hurricane Odile lasted until around 4 a.m. Monday. The Dyersons were supposed to leave Monday, but all flights were cancelled. But on Tuesday, Andrew says they decided to take a risk.

"On a whim they had a taxi van there, and were like, we're going to take people to the airport, we don't know if you can get out," said Andrew.

He said the Mexican military brought in a bunch of planes.

"When you walk up to the airport, there's thousands of people in line," Andrew added.

But they were determined they were not going back to the resort.

"My wife is six-months pregnant, we have a one-year-old, and I think babies take priority," said Andrew.

"Taking the risk to go to the airport was the smartest thing our family could have done," added Sarah.

The Dyersons say every person was charged to stay at the shelter for $50 per person, per night. They say they'll never go back.

FOX 4 also spoke with a woman originally from Kansas City still waiting at the La Paz airport. She says thousands of people are still waiting for flights out, and they have no idea when they'll be able to make it home.