Woman with Toledo ties rides out Hurricane Michael in Florida

CARRABELLE, Fla. (WTVG) - Hurricane Michael was a first for Toledo native Natasha Tucker.

"I was very nervous. I had no idea what to expect," she told 13abc via FaceTime. "There were trees falling everywhere. Other people's stuff was destroyed. We were very, very lucky."

Her home in Carrabelle, Florida is a five minute walk from the coast. Tucker says there are trees down, debris piled along the streets and parks near the water are in a state of disrepair.

She's also one of thousands of people who are without power.

"It feels like 102 [degrees] today, so we're kind of suffering through that," she added.

Tucker says she's grateful that her family was spared from the worst of what was a category four storm.

Those in areas like Mexico Beach weren't as fortunate. That's where Hurricane Michael made landfall with 155 mile per hour winds. Most of the coast has been left in ruins.

"This is a small, little town. Every restaurant is gone, every store is gone," Scott Boutwell, who lives in Mexico Beach said. "What do you do? Where do you start?"

The impact of this devastating storm will be felt for months, maybe even years, as people begin to pick up the pieces.

Many, like Tucker, are thankful to have com out of it alive.

"We're very, very lucky. Most of the neighborhood is OK and most of the city is OK," she said.

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