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SIX MONTHS LATER: Hurricane Michael survivors remain picking up pieces

Hurricane Michael making landfall
Hurricane Michael making landfall((Source: NOAA))
Updated: Apr. 10, 2019 at 10:37 AM CDT
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MEXICO BEACH, FL (WTVM) - Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL exactly six months ago on October 10, 2018.

The Category 4 hurricane swept through parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

72 deaths were attributed to the storm with peak winds of 155 miles per hour. 57 of deaths came from the United States.

Damage from the storm totaled to an estimated $25.1 billion. Damage also stretched all the way up to the Chattahoochee Valley.

Despite six months passing since it caused devastation, people impacted by the hurricane are still picking up pieces from the storm.

A former Columbus resident who now lives in Marianna, Florida, a town located about 60 miles northeast of Panama City, wants to shed light on the issues more rural communities have been dealing with in the aftermath of the record-breaking hurricane.

In Washington, state senators are still working to get funding to farmers and others who lost a lot from the storm.

Michael was the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle.

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