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Local Florida native voices concern over aftermath of Hurricane Michael

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A Florida native and current University of Missouri student said the destruction left behind by Hurricane Michael has hit close to home.

Alex Thomas said he has grown up in Florida since he was 10 years old, and his immediate family still resides there.

Thomas said many of his friends and his girlfriend both go to Florida State University and were forced to evacuate. The storm knocked down cell phone towers, making communication in the area very difficult.

The severity of Hurricane Michael in such short time also made it difficult to prepare for the storm.

"Everything is hurricane proof now, so when there is a hurricane warning and hurricanes coming, nobody really starts to frantic," he said. "But this is the first time that I've actually seen people that I've, you know, grown up with actually be worried and have to actually evacuate the city."

The National Weather Service said more than 687,000 homes and businesses in the Southeast have been left without electricity.

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