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Cincinnati couple stranded in Irma-ravaged St. Thomas

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A Cincinnati couple is stranded in St.Thomas due to Hurricane Irma.

The next available flight to Cincinnati is Saturday but, with Hurricane Jose now headed toward the Caribbean, they are afraid that the flight might be canceled.

Stephanie Binder-Mullins is trying not to fear the worst after losing communication with her brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Susan Mullins of Bond Hill.

"Their generator was working and their phone was working until 1:00 p.m. today but we haven't heard from them," said Binder-Mullins.

She last spoke with them Thursday. They told her they were able to get six gallons of water and canned food.

The couple is now hunkered down in a hotel in St.Thomas surrounded by damage after Hurricane Irma blew through with winds up to 185 mph.

The Mullins left for St. John last week. 

"At first they didn't think that the hurricane would be an issue and once they heard it really is they moved by boat to St. Thomas," Binder-Mullins said.

Her husband urged his twin brother to leave as fast as he good. 

"My husband was so concerned get out of there, whatever the cost is you just got to go. But they couldn't get out fast enough."

The couple booked a $1,200 flight back to Cincinnati last Saturday, but the flight was canceled.

They remain stranded on the island without electricity and with limited food. 

Binder-Mullins says the area is completely devastated.

"It's not good to the point that they don't want people in the streets. In the area around the airport I don't think it's a good area. It's dangerous and so they're trying to keep esp. tourists out of those areas," she said.

The couple is safe for now, she said, but she and her husband are counting down the days until they return home. 

"He's worried about his brother and we're all worried about their safety."

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