Indiana natives describe facing Hurricane Michael

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) –- As Hurricane Michael plowed through Sunny Hills, Florida last week, Laurie Arnold and her daughter Sara filmed it ripping apart their backyard fence.

During the worst of the storm, they were forced to take refuge in their bathtub in the middle of their Florida home.

“We figured we’d be far enough away that we’d be safe,” says Laurie. “But it came so far inland.”

In her community just North of Panama City Beach, Laurie has lived through Hurricanes Mathew and Irma.  As an Indiana native, she also recalls the tornado that tore through Van Wert in 2002.

Even so, she says Hurricane Michael is the worst storm she’s ever seen.

While her home escaped any major damage, they are still waiting for the power to come back on. Meanwhile, there’s a curfew in place. Anyone out after dark, they say, will be arrested.

“It’s so hot down here. Everybody is in the same boat. Nobody has power and nobody has water,” she says.

Laurie says the National Guard has arrived in her area, as well as volunteers from all across the country. She says, the help is a sign of unity and compassion during a very difficult time.

“Neighbors helping neighbors. People are coming together like I’ve never seen before,” she says. “You know God is in the works.”

Kristin Kasper

Kristin Kasper

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