Girl saves family in FL using satellite map

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, rescuers have been searching the Florida panhandle for missing people, but one woman found her relatives online with a government interactive satellite map. In case you missed it, Amber Gee was searching the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) high-tech map when she spotted the word H-E-L-P spelled out in logs in her grandmother’s yard in Youngstown, near Panama City.

It turns out, Amber’s uncle, Ernest Gee, used the trees knocked down by the powerful storm to spell out the cry for help. Amber was able to alert the sheriff’s department and after deputies cut through some downed trees, they made it to the house and saved her trapped aunt, uncle and their friend.

"The hurricane has turned everything upside down everywhere," Gee says. "Some were more fortunate than others. I'm just happy that everybody is safe and sound and, hopefully, soon we will all get through this together and recover from this storm."

 

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