Hurricane Michael victims need your help

(KEVN/KOTA TV) - Hurricane Michael is gone but the impact will be felt in devastated communities for years to come.

The Florida Panhandle was hit hard by the strongest storm ever recorded in the area; some communities completely wiped out. You can help families recover by donating to http://unitedwaynwfl.org.

According to Associated Press stories, cellphone service is often spotty, looters can show up at any time and there are long lines to obtain gasoline, water and essentials more than a week after Hurricane Michael slammed into the coast.

The death toll is 34, with 24 of those killed in Florida.

Michael slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph winds on Oct. 10, retained hurricane-force winds as far inland as southern Georgia, and also affected the Carolinas and Virginia.

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