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Middle Tennesseans await word about loved ones, homes in hurricane's path

PHOTO: Live Storms Media

Many struggle to handle the unknowns in life. It's what makes the minds of some people most anxious, and that feeling is now experienced by the many middle Tennesseans that are waiting out Hurricane Michael to see if their homes, friends and loved ones are safe.

Erin Ashleigh from Williamson County is hundreds of miles from her Destin home, but her friends stayed behind even in the face of a mandatory evacuation.

"My stomach has been in knots, wondering if they're going to be okay and if they have all the supplies they need," Ashleigh said. "Where we're at, still torrential rains, still don't have power. I've kind of been communicating back and forth."

Destin and Panama City, two of the most popular vacation beaches for Tennesseans, are directly in the path of the storm. Some Floridians are evacuating to places like Nashville, but Music City is unable to take in some evacuees because hotels are so routinely full.

Florida began telling residents to evacuate more than 48 hours ago.

"Two days ago, they sent out the notification that it's a mandatory evacuation," Ashleigh said. "They update us several times a day as the hurricane is getting stronger, or they think it's going to be not as bad. But it's still hard when we're not there to know exactly what is going on with our properties."

If needed, members of the swift water rescue team and urban search and rescue team will deploy Thursday with personnel from several first responders from the midstate. Officials will have a better idea of where they are needed most Thursday morning.

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