Spokane Valley woman’s parents survive Hurricane Michael
SPOKANE, Wash. — Hurricane Michael reduced beach side towns to rubble across Florida.
The historic Category 4 storm hit the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday, bringing wind speeds topping 150 miles per hour. There have been 11 storm-related deaths attributed to Michael so far.
In all the destruction, a Spokane Valley woman was looking for two people, her mom and dad. Stephanie Clinton said her parents, Steven and Jana Clinton, moved to Mexico Beach about 20 years ago.
Clinton talked to her mom and dad just before Hurricane Michael mangled homes in Mexico Beach.
“I could hear the winds blowing outside and that was probably within the hour of the eye hitting them and I haven’t heard from them since,” Clinton said.
What followed were days of destruction.
“I don’t think they realized it was going to be this bad,” Clinton said.
Clinton never could have prepared for how hard it would be to wait out the storm, thousands of miles away, as she waited to hear if her parents were alive.
“I’ve just had these scenarios running through my head,” Clinton said. “Are they just waiting for someone to come find them?”
She saw aerial photos. like the ones from NOAA, of her mom and dad’s mobile home community. She said she could see their car and it looked like the trailer was still in one piece.
She was right.
Friday afternoon, she got a call from a neighbor that her parents were okay.
They survived the storm while they hid inside their home.
“It’s been devastating,” Clinton said.
With destruction all around, this family is just thankful for what the storm didn’t take from them.
Aerial photos reveal Florida’s Mexico Beach has been reduced to rubble in many parts. A #Spokane woman is desperately searching to see if her parents are still alive there. They didn’t evacuate before the storm. #KXLY #MexicoBeach #HurricaneMichael #lookingforparents #redcross pic.twitter.com/3oLN43l7hW
— Ariana Lake (@arianaKXLY) October 12, 2018
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