MOBILE, Ala. -- Thousands of people in the path of Michael evacuated west to get out of harm's way.

Some Florida residents who evacuated to the area watched the devastation from Mobile. We spoke to three women who came together during this ordeal.

"I look at the devastation. Horrible, it's horrible. Horrible," said Juanita Mott, who lives in Calloway, Florida which is near Panama City and Mexico Beach.

"It's my roots. Like that's where my family is from?" LaToya Mills, who lives in Port St. Joe said.

The sights and sounds of devastation happening as Hurricane Michael makes landfall in Florida. Juanita Mott, LaToya Mills, and Jalaine Peterson live near Panama City and Mexico Beach, which are some of the hardest hit areas.

"I've seen pictures and videos but, yea crazy, the community's going to have to pull together, that's for sure," said Mott.

"Well the pool pump was on the front porch. My front porch and the fence that surrounded the retention pond is going. So it's a lot of damage there. A lot of damage," added Peterson.

"Everything that I've seen going there as a kid and now living there and everything is just underwater now," explained Mills.

While they could have lost a lot of material things, that didn't seem to be the concern.

"Thank God just for allowing us to be alive. Things can be replaced, but lives cant be replaced," Peterson added.

Mills said, what's so hard about this is the uncertainty of it all.

"Trees are down, power lines are down, people's roofs are missing from their houses, peoples houses are destroyed. I mean its just, and then you have to think to yourself, what are you going to go home to?" she explained.

The families say it's a waiting game for them now as the recovery process begins.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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