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P.E.I. woman desperate to help family flee St. Maarten after hurricane

A woman from Souris, P.E.I., is trying to help her family members leave St. Maarten after they were trapped during Hurricane Irma while on holiday.

4 family members are stuck at a resort and taking shelter from Hurricane Jose

Sylver MacDonald's family was vacationing at the Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten. Hurricane Irma hit the island on Wednesday. (Keith MacDonald/Facebook)

A woman from Souris, P.E.I., is trying to help her family flee St. Maarten after they became trapped during Hurricane Irma while on holiday. 

Sylver MacDonald said she's been monitoring her computer constantly, tracking the progress of the hurricanes raging through the Caribbean. 

"I've basically just been refreshing pages, calling everyone," said MacDonald. "No one down there seems to really know what's going on."

MacDonald's parents and aunt and uncle stayed at a resort as a hurricane pummeled St. Maarten. 

Their week-long vacation should be coming to an end but their flights home have been cancelled. 

'I don't know where to go from here'

MacDonald has reached out to several airlines to try but said all the flights are booked.

She said she's been trying to distract herself because there isn't anything she can do to help the situation. 

"I don't know where to go from here," she said. "It's been pretty stressful. I have ups and downs."

From left: Sylver MacDonald's parents Terri and Keith MacDonald, her aunt Brenda and uncle Barry Kirk take shelter at a resort in St. Maarten during Hurricane Irma. (Brenda Kirk/Facebook)

All phone service is down at the resort where her family is staying.

MacDonald has been able to touch base with her family because of a backup generator at the resort that gives sporadic Internet access.

Sylver MacDonald says she's been trying to book a flight for her family so they can flee St. Maarten but everything is sold out. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

"They keep telling me that they feel very safe, that they've got food, they've got water," she said. "I think that they're just getting tired and want to come home."

If the backup generator at the resort dies, there will be no way for MacDonald to contact the group.

"At this point they feel safest where they are but if the generator runs out of gas and they start losing connection they said after [Hurricane] Jose goes by, they may have to look into just going to the airport to see what's going on," she said.

For now, MacDonald said it's a waiting game.

"I'm confident that they're going to be OK. I'm just worried about when I'll get to see them again."

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