Hurricane Michael has come and gone, and KSN is hearing from Kansans who found themselves in the path of the monster storm.
KSN’s Amanda Aguilar spoke to a Wichita woman who moved to Panama City Beach, which took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.
Amanda Hagen was bunkering down inside her home with family and friends, as they waited for landfall.
“After hearing all the locals, anything above a three, we’re going to leave,” Hagen said.
Hurricane Michael turned into a Category 4 early Wednesday morning, which was too late to leave.
The group prepared by buying food and water, as well as boarding up the home.
“Our front living room window faces the Gulf, so we wanted to make sure that one was boarded up before anything,” said Hagen.
Although it’s Hagen’s first hurricane, she said she feels somewhat at ease.
“I’m nervous. I’m not going to lie,” she said. “But having two people here, who have been through hurricanes — one of our friends is born and raised here so having him around makes me feel better. The other one is from North Carolina so he’s been through hurricanes and that makes me feel better.”
A Larned native chose to evacuate her and her family to Alabama on Tuesday.
Audrianna Kirby moved to Port St. Joe five years ago. This area was in the path of Hurricane Michael.
Kirby is an expecting mother with a seven year old, which is why her family chose to evacuate.
However, many of Kirby’s neighbors and family members chose to stay but didn’t do so lightly, as some are emergency personnel or with with the elderly.
Kirby doesn’t know when they’ll be allowed back into Port St. Joe, but she said she’s anxious to see what the storm left behind.
“Just preparing mentally,” she said. “Just expecting the worst but praying for the best is.”
The American Red Cross is looking for donations to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael. If you’re interested, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999. More information can be found on the Red Cross website.