Lynn Haven, Fla. — At 11 a.m. one year ago, Hurricane Michael’s strong winds were rolling through the Panhandle; turning October 10th into a day no one who experienced it would forget.
“All I can describe it is like the Wizard of Oz,” said Joann Navarrette, a Lynn Haven resident who stayed during the storm. “Everything just flew by the windows.”
“We could have died, you know, and I don’t think I’ll ever stay for anything more than a two ever again,” said Kimberly Hendrix, another resident.
Fast forward 365 days later; 11 a.m. marks the beginning of a day of remembrance in Lynn Haven.
“This is our way to overcome it is to come together as a community and do things like this,” said Hendrix.
Families came together for food, activities, performances and live music, looking back on how far the community has come and celebrating where it has yet to go.
“We’re just ready to move forward, make things bigger and better and just stronger for our city,” said Vicki Henderson, a Lynn Haven Planning Assistant.
“Everybody’s spirits are lifted, they’re very positive and they’re getting out,” said Doris Hoffman, a disabled veteran who volunteered at the commemoration. “I see people are really recovering.”
“I look for a very bright future for the city of Lynn Haven,” said Navarrette.
October 10th is a day no one here will forget; one of hope, strength and togetherness, as the community remains “Panhandle Strong,” today and every day.