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Hurricane Michael causes devastation in North Carolina

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Hurricane Michael causes devastation in North Carolina

Custodian Susan Watkins' house is destroyed by a tree during Hurricane Michael. Watkins now must stay with her brother while insurance claims are made.

Custodian Susan Watkins' house is destroyed by a tree during Hurricane Michael. Watkins now must stay with her brother while insurance claims are made.

Contributed by Susan Watkins

Custodian Susan Watkins' house is destroyed by a tree during Hurricane Michael. Watkins now must stay with her brother while insurance claims are made.

Contributed by Susan Watkins

Contributed by Susan Watkins

Custodian Susan Watkins' house is destroyed by a tree during Hurricane Michael. Watkins now must stay with her brother while insurance claims are made.

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Hurricane Michael came swiftly and unexpectedly.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10,  most Guilford County high school students were taking the PSAT. Less than 24 hours later, school was canceled because of the impending hurricane.

Varying levels of destruction were left in Michael’s wake. From a blinking light at Alcorn Rd. to a washed out bridge on Bunch Rd., the Northwest community saw its share of damage.

Many people also lost power. As of today, Oct. 15, some students, such as junior Brennan Tripp, and staff, such as German teacher Lisa Worthington-Groce, were still without power.

“I’m staying at my grandparents’ in High Point,” Tripp said.

However, one staff member who suffered an unimaginable amount of damage is custodian Susan Watkins, who arrived to work today to clean classrooms even though she “did not have a home.” Her home was destroyed by a tree falling on it, and it’s so destroyed that she “can’t even be in the house,” she said.

Watkins lives on Yanceyville Road in Browns Summit.

“I’m now staying with my brother,” Watkins said.

What Watkins found especially terrifying was the fact that she witnessed the accident first-hand.

“The good Lord was with me,” Watkins said. “I was in the house when it happened.”

The house is destroyed, but Watkins said, “My dad’s deck is still standing, which is amazing.”

Insurance will take care of her home, but as of now, she has no idea of a timeline. In the meantime, she cannot even be on the property because it is “full of mold,” and she’s severely allergic.

“When people ask what they can do for help, I don’t know,” Watkins said. “But the Barn Dance in Julian has raised over $200.”

Hurricane Michael dropped significant rainfall and left thousands without electricity.  All that can be done now is to remain patient as crews work to restore power and and reopen roads that closed as a result of this latest storm.

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