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Residents reflect on Hurricane Hermine's destruction

Residents reflect on Hurricane Hermine's destruction
Residents reflect on Hurricane Hermine's destruction
Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:01:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - This time last year, thousands of Big Bend residents were gearing up for the first hurricane to make landfall along the Apalachee Bay coast in 50 years.

We are reflecting on the memories and feelings after category one Hurricane Hermine hit the area.

This block of Scenic Road had down power lines, toppled trees and no power for several days.

We talked to some neighbors who said they checked on each other and their property but the big complaint here was how long it took crews to restore power.

They said streets on either side of them had electricity before they did and despite reporting the outage to the city several times, the delay annoyed several neighbors.

"Right before the hurricane, I bought $200 worth of food, and I lost that," said Samantha Chahin, a Scenic Road resident. "So, I was pretty pissed, and my roommates were pretty mad. We were pretty upset that it took that long for us to get power, and I think we were one of the last people to get power."

It's a different picture a year later: The power lines are back up and all of the debris has been cleared, including a tree that blocked part of the road.

That woman we talked to strongly suggests having ice, canned goods and portable chargers to keep you going, in case the power goes out.