Dothan-Houston County EMA, survivor recap Hurricane Michael

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Three years ago, Hurricane Michael, a category 5 storm made landfall around Panama City and Mexico beach area, which was the most powerful hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Miss Tracy Byrd, who worked for Century Ambulance service was in Panama City days before the storm evacuating patients from hospitals and nursing homes to safer places before she evacuated to the bay medical center.

She has a vivid memory of October 10th.

“I was watching from above the ER on the second floor and was watching the winds going through and watching the windows suck in and out thank goodness it tampered glass and we could see the trees being ripped off,” Byrd said.

Although the panhandle got the bulk of Hurricane Michael, Houston County was also a victim receiving quite a bit of damage.

“The east side of our county was devasted most of it being rural area timber, peanuts cotton things of that nature it affected our farmers and economy not just on a national but an international and will do that for years we are still in the recovery phase for Hurricane Michael,” Dothan-Houston County EMA Chris Judah said.

Although it’s been quiet in the tropics, hurricane season runs through November and severe weather can come up at any time. Therefore, Judah urges citizens to put a plan together so you can be prepared for any situation.

“Know what to do if you have to find a place in your home or in your business, have your medications ready if you’re on oxygen have extra oxygen, your important papers your home insurance, flood insurance put them in a safe place in case something happen,” He said.

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