ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Michael continues its march across the southeast, Panhandle communities are starting to pick up the pieces Thursday.
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In addition to commerical and residential property damage, power outages are widespread across the area from Panama City to Tallahassee.
The State’s Emergency Response Team said Thursday morning that at least 500,000 customers are without power.
Gov. Rick Scott previously requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster in Florida, which will help get federal resources in place.
Meanwhile, crews from Tampa Electric and Duke Energy have already been deployed to the Panhandle to help in the massive job of restoring power.