These 25 Hurricane Michael Photos Show The Struggle To Survive, 1 Week On

By Chris McGonigal

It’s been one week since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm. Since then, the death toll has climbed to at least 29, and thousands of Floridians are living in primitive conditions without power and water.

Photos from the past week show people who lived through the storm doing things they probably never thought they would have to do just to survive.

From bathing in a lake to standing in long lines for food and other supplies, the photos below show what life looks like for Floridians who lived through Hurricane Michael.

PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 15: Danica Cherico and Shawn Gehlert use a generator to power a lamp as they sit outside their apartments that don’t have electricty after it was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 15, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The death tolls stands at 18 blamed on Michael, which hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 4 storm last week with sustained winds of 155 mph. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: Justin Norman and Lisa Salle wash themselves in Lake Martin because their home has no running water after much of the municipality’s infrastructure was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm, causing widespread damage and claiming as many as 26 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: Kenston Robinson uses a bucket to get water from a canal to flush his family’s toilet after much of the municipalities infrastructure was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm, causing widespread damage and claiming as many as 26 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Tasha Hughes, bathes her daughter, Madison, 4, as Jeffrey Dumich holds a flashlight outside their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by the hurricane. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: People stand in line to receive food from the Salvation Army emergency disaster services food distribution operation for people trying to recover from Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm, causing widespread damage and claiming as many as 26 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MEXICO BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 16: Denney Pate paints an address on a town home to make it easier for the insurance adjuster and contractors to locate after the home was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm, claiming at least 19 lives and causing massive damage. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
SPRINGFIELD , FL – OCTOBER 13 : Bobby Lee Cooper, 63, sits out in his yard with items from his home trying to dry them after category 4 Hurricane Michael made land fall along the Florida panhandle Wednesday, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Springfield, FL. Cooper lives in a small home with 5 roommates that lost most of its roof. “We lost everything,” Cooper said. “It was a mess and it was scary, it made me feel like I aint nothing.” “It was the baddest thing I have ever felt.” I thought for sure I was going to die but it wasn’t my time yet.” “I was shook up during the whole storm and I am still shook up now.” “We can’t get no help or nothing, can’t get no money until my check come from the mail man.” “I haven’t got no money man, can’t do nothing with out no money.” Cooper said once he has the money he will try to head to Georgia to live with family. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Anthony Weldon, 11, pulls a cart with his family’s belongings as they relocate from their uninhabitable damaged home to stay at their landlord’s place in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
MEXICO BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 16: A man walks through a beachfront neighborhood that was decimated by Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. The neighborhood, which had homes most of the way to the beach before the storm, is now mostly flattened. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm, claiming at least 19 lives and causing massive damage. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MEXICO BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 16: A resident looks for a dog lost during Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm, causing massive damage and claiming more than 15 lives. The bodies of two more victims were recovered this morning in Mexico Beach. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
PORT SAINT JOE, FL – OCTOBER 14: Pastor Geoffrey Lentz looks out at St Joe Bay from his sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church after it was gutted by the storm surge from Hurricane Michael on October 14, 2018 in Port Saint Joe, Florida. The surge took out the bottom half all the stain glass windows. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming the lives of 17 people. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 14: Worshipers at Hiland Park Baptist Church attend Sunday service in the parking area of the church after the building was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 14, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming the lives of 17 people. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 14: Worshipers at Hiland Park Baptist Church attend Sunday service in the parking area of the church after the building was damaged by Hurricane Michael on October 14, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming the lives of 17 people. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 15: Victims of Hurricane Michael wait in line to receive a donation of up to 5 gallons of gas on October 15, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming more that 15 lives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: Workers from Total Quality Restoration place tarps on a damaged roof as people start the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming more that 15 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: People stand in line at a Walmart store to purchase items after Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming more that 15 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PANAMA CITY, FL – OCTOBER 16: People stand in line at a Walmart store to purchase items after Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming more that 15 lives. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Candace Phillips holds a note she found in the rubble that her daughter left on a recent visit to their now damaged home in Mexico Beach, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in the aftermath of hurricane Michael. “We spent 25 years of our marriage working to get here and we’re going to stay,” said Phillips of her and husband’s plans to rebuild. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Amber Cousin sits by a window as Amy Lenain naps in a a room they now share with multiple people, since their roof was partially torn off, in their home across the street from an evacuation shelter at Rutherford High School, in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
MEXICO BEACH, FL – OCTOBER 16: Neighbors Sherry Frantz (L) and Chris McNeal hug as they meet in front of their homes which were destroyed by Hurricane Michael on October 16, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, as a category 4 storm causing massive damage and claiming at least 19 lives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Wes Allen, Jr., from left, sits with his father Wes Allen, Sr., sister Alison, and mother Vicki outside their room at a damaged motel Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where many residents continue to live in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Many residents rode out the storm and have no place to go even though many of the motel’s rooms are uninhabitable. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ola Mitchell watches utility workers repairing power lines while her sister’s clothes, which were damaged when her mobile home lost its roof, dry in the afternoon sunshine in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael at St. James, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
A motorboat and a large decorative baseball sit on the side of U.S Highway 98 in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael at St. James, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
A family sits by a fire and prepares to eat a dinner of MREs in front of their house with no roof following Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S., October 13, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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