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Colleen Washington had never seen the inside of an emergency shelter before Wednesday. She hadn’t planned on it, either, until the clouds darkened and the sirens blared and a police officer yelled that everyone in her tiny inland neighborhood needed to leave. “In my 58 years, I have never evacuated,” she said to an old friend, who also was taking refuge inside the gymnasium at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee. “But, girl, we had to evacuate. I have grandchildren, and I needed to go.”. As Hurricane Michael barreled toward Florida’s Panhandle, an unfamiliar feeling struck the state’s hilly capital city Wednesday morning: panic. Eighty miles inland, residents were used to the dang... Full story

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