Far from coast, rural counties also recovering from Michael

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — In Hurricane Michael’s aftermath much of the world’s attention has been focused on Florida’s battered coastal communities, but rural communities all the way to the Georgia and Alabama borders also felt its fury. Many are still struggling days after the storm passed.

The small city of Marianna, Florida, is still without power and will likely remain so for a month after being hit with its strongest storm in recorded history.

Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen says the number of damaged and destroyed homes is too high estimate. Search and rescue teams were still scattered through the rural regions checking on homes that were still blocked by debris.

The same scene repeats itself along the 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the coast to Mariana, where trees and powerlines are still downed.

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