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Hurricane Michael storm victims in Florida rescued from the air

Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 12, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla.-- While many residents of the Florida Panhandle chose to evacuate before Hurricane Michael hit, some decided to ride it out.

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As a result, crews had to rescue people who survived but were unable to leave their battered homes.

Thursday, a Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection flew over Panama City to rescue two women who were in an area that was inaccessible to ground vehicles because of damage from the storm.        

The Air and Marine Operations Black Hawk aircrew originated in Jacksonville.

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