Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm, with winds up to 155 miles per hour.
More than 375,000 were under evacuation orders, but some families decided to stay and ride out the storm.
“I’m in the healthcare field and my husband is a deputy so that’s why we decided to stay. We’re pretty scared, but we have faith that we’ll endure this. We always have,” said Brittany Cole, a Panama City resident.
The catastrophic storm tore buildings apart and sent debris flying in the air. Cole said her family was terrified in the moments the storm came through.
“There’s like a giant pine tree that’s about to snap and go flying, and my whole family is here in my house because they’re all in flood zones and we don’t know if they’re going to have a house to go back to,” said Cole.
Officials say this is the 3rd worst storm to ever make landfall in the United States. After today, Cole says her focus will be on rebuilding.
“What I’m going to focus on now is how we can help other people and those that have really lost everything,” she said.