Niece Spies "H-E-L-P" Distress Signal on Satellite Map of Trapped Uncle's Lawn After Hurricane Michael
What happened next is a miracle.
Last week, Hurricane Michael pummeled down on Florida's panhandle, forging a path of destruction as it made landfall around Mexico Beach. Now, amidst many tales of devastation and despair, a moving story has emerged, serving as an anchor for hope.
As ABC News originally reported, a concerned niece helped to save her aunt and uncle thanks to some smart thinking and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's interactive map. Amber Gee, who had already evacuated her home, was concerned about her relatives in Youngstown, Florida and decided to consult the NOAA map for any clues it could provide.
"I was checking on damages in the area on houses that belong to my family and I came across my grandma's house," Gee told ABC. "And they had the word H-E-L-P written out in the yard." Though her grandma had already fled from the house, Gee's uncle Ernest Gee, his wife, and a friend were still trapped at the home.
The 24-year-old mother of two called her local emergency services center and requested a welfare check to the home after seeing the distress signal. Thankfully, staff from the Dade County Sherrif's Department were able to make it to the home and rescue her aunt, uncle, and their friend.
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While we're so glad to hear of the Gee family's successful rescue mission, many in Florida are still in desperate need of help after the storm's massive impact. If you or someone you know is searching for a loved one, you can report it on the Florida National Guard website here. You can donate directly to the Florida Disaster Fund here.