INDIANA (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Rescue crews are sifting through piles of debris after Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle Wednesday.
The storm has already claimed the lives of six people (as of 6:00 10/11/18), but officials say that number could climb.
Hurricane Michael, which is now officially the third-most powerful storm to ever hit the U.S., reached the Carolinas Thursday as a tropical storm after tearing through Florida and Georgia.
Fort Wayne’s NBC reached out to folks who say their family evacuated from parts of Florida before the hurricane hit.
After seeing the sheer force of Michael, many said they are glad they packed up and got out of town before it it.
Carrie Denton, a Hoosier who has family in Mexico Beach, said her in-laws road out the storm a little further inland.
When they returned home after Michael made landfall they said everything was destroyed.
“It’s heartbreaking to know that everything they have ever worked for, their home all of their belongings, their 40 years of marriage, everything they have ever collected is literally in a pile of rubble,” said Denton.
Denton said she spoke with her in-laws earlier in the day but since then cell service went dead and she hasn’t heard from them.