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More than a week has passed since Hurricane Michael tore a path of destruction through coastal and inland communities. Tens of thousands of people are still without power. Curfews are still in effect in lots of places. And many of the people who call Florida’s Panhandle home can’t get home. Several hundred of them are living in schools serving as emergency shelters. And that is where NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang has been spending some time. Here’s his report.
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