MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Seeing images of damage caused by Hurricane Michael is difficult for loved ones of storm victims trapped in the debris. For many in Mexico Beach and Panama City, Florida, there is no cell phone service, no electricity, no communication with the outside world.
For two days, WKRG News 5 employee Blake Tuszynski’s family feared the worse for Blake’s Aunt Pam who lives in Panama City.
“We’ve all been in a panic. We haven’t been able to sleep. I mean..we’re worried sick,” said Tuszynski.
That changed Friday when the station made contact with news crews it sent out in the field with two-way radios and gave them the address of Tuszynski’s aunt. Photojournalist Randy Lowe found her, to the relief of Tuszynski.
“When he said that she was out walking her dog and that her house was livable..that she was ok..and was actually relaying messages to tell my mom. I can’t describe the feeling. It was a rush of emotion and relief. Just a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. Just overwhelming happiness that she’s o.k.”
Now, he hopes others can find the peace of mind he has.
“My heart goes out to all the victims of this tragedy. It’s just horrible,” said Tuszynski.