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"Devastated" families in Florida return to find homes destroyed by Michael

CBS News logo CBS News 10/12/2018 Nikki Battiste

BRISTOL, Fla. — When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle, people living in the town of Bristol outside Tallahassee hunkered down in a shelter. Now, they're returning to their homes to survey the damage.

Deirdre Hawthorne and her family rode out the storm with more than 200 other people. On her way home, she said she was filled with "dread." She has called Bristol home for the last 18 years.

CBS News was with her when she saw her house for the first time. Somehow it was still standing beneath a twisted knot of fallen trees. Her daughter Amanda had to find another way into the house.

Amanda said she was "devastated, scared, happy."

A tree happened to fall the other way, narrowly missing their home. But not everyone was so lucky.

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Brittany Chambers and her 4-year-old daughter Armani returned home to see firsthand what Michael unleashed. The storm devastated Chambers' entire street and sent a tree straight through her daughter's bedroom.

"Materialistic things can be replaced," Chambers said. "As long as I have her, this is everything that matters to me in world."

The entire county has no power, and the local electric company said they have ordered 300 utility poles to repair downed power lines. But they said they have no idea when the electricity will be restored.


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