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AFTER A COLOSSAL STORM PUMMELS MUCH OF THE SOUTH, RESIDENTS RALLY TO FIND STRENGTH—AND HOPE—AMID THE WRECKAGE
Unthinkable Devastation Wreckage and debris are all that remain in much of Mexico Beach, Fla., after the storm hit the town on Oct. 10.

For three days after Hurricane Michael’s 155-mph winds slammed into the Florida Panhandle, Misty Dewberry Brooks frantically tried to locate her 92-year-old “Granny” Maxine Pepper. After receiving conflicting information from Pepper’s nursing home in Destin, Fla., about her grandmother’s whereabouts, a desperate Brooks finally drove the four hours

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