The Panama City, Florida, News Herald featured an article written by Tony Simmons, on Wednesday, February 6, showcasing the publication of new books about Hurricane Michael. The storm hit the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018, leaving complete destruction in his wake. Michael’s 155-mph sustained winds caused an estimated $4.5 billion in property damage, an estimated $3 billion in damage to the area’s forestlands, and left 35 dead in Florida.
In the Eye of the Storm: Stories of Survival and Hope from the Florida Panahandle is one of the books included in the feature. The book’s editor and contributing author, Jennifer N. Fenwick, a life-long Bay County resident, rode out the Category 4 hurricane with her family in the Panama City area. In the days and weeks following, she began collecting stories about the experience that eventually culminated in the book, which was released on Amazon and Barnes and Noble on January 24, 2019.
“The people really care, they want to help,” the News Herald article quotes Fenwick as saying, “And the book evolved from hearing lots of their stories…There was no outline, just the stories as people told them. It wasn’t staged. It was raw and real.”
The book is now available through Amazon and Barnes and Nobles as both a hardcopy and eBook. All monies earned from sales go the United Way of Northwest Florida Hurricane Michael Relief and Disaster Fund to aid LOCAL recovery efforts.“I am forever grateful to the contributors, for their courage and their willingness to share their stories and images with me.” ~ Jennifer N. Fenwick