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Convoy of Publix semis spotted headed to Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael

Posted at 6:06 AM, Oct 18, 2018

Residents of the Florida Panhandle have been devastated by the destruction of Hurricane Michael since the Category 4 storm hit the area last week.

However, a driver recorded a sight on Saturday that is uplifting spirits.

Ralph Alspach, a Tallahassee resident, was on his way to Panama City to help some friends clear trees after the storm.

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He said in a Facebook post that the damage he saw along the way was depressing but when he spotted multiple Publix semis headed to the area it warmed his heart.

Alspach said the video was recorded on Oct. 13 on U.S. Route 231 leading to Panama City.

Food has been in short supply after store shelves were depleted ahead of the storm, but multiple Publix tractor-trailers were helping restock stores. 

Since the video was posted on Sunday, it has been viewed 2.6 million times and shared more than 61,000 times.

Many of the comments on the Facebook post said the video uplifted their spirits and praised Publix for the help in recovery efforts.