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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WKRG) — Many people in Panama City are without electricity and cell phone service. Signs of destruction are extensive in the downtown area.  Debris litters the streets including downed signs trees, and materials ripped off buildings.  Rooftops are gone from large buildings and homes are destroyed.

Stephanie Cordey called it devastating, “The sound..that’s really what’s so scary.  Everybody told me it will sound like a train, but, it wasn’t really that.  It was just the sound of glass breaking and everything hitting our windows and our roof is partially collapsed back there.”

Travis King has lived in Panama City all his life and said Hurricane Michael took away his home, clothing, and furniture.  Despite that, he’s grateful.  “I’m living.  I’m living.  I’m like the phoenix.  I’m gonna rise from the flmes, rise like the flames”, said King.

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