MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach began returning home for the first time Wednesday since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand. Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband Taylor. She was particularly distraught over the loss of a black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Husband Taylor Register found little but a stool and a keepsake rock that was given to him by a friend 40 years ago. Just up the road, Kentucky residents Ron and Lanie Eden picked through the remains of the small beach house where they’ve stayed with their children each October for years. Residents who rode out the storm at home have been in Mexico Beach since Michael hit, but authorities told others to stay away for a week after the Category 4 storm ravaged the beach town with 155 mph (250 khp) winds and a strong storm surge. State emergency management officials said some 124,500 customers across the Panhandle were still without power Wednesday morning and 1,157 remained in shelters. In Bay County, home… Read full this story
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