With 130 mile-per-hour wind gusts, Michael ripped through Panama City.

“We were right there in that bathtub,” said Christopher Donahue. “I was on top of my mom.”

“I was looking at my husband thinking that the door was going to bust open and suck him out,” said Jackie Lane.

“It did sound like a freight train,” said Pat Jaakora.

Imagine living through that terror… Now imagine living through it alone, without being able to hear anything.

Deaf since birth, that was Robert Roath’s reality as the category 4 hurricane pounded his Bay Villa apartment, flooding the place and tearing a hole in the ceiling.

Roath hunkered down in the bathroom, watching from a small window.

When the storm ended, he came out to complete devastation.

A neighbor has been helping him communicate with others, trying to get the resources he needs.

Roath has been trying to file a claim with FEMA, but with long lines and a curfew in place, he has been turned away the last few days.

For now, he is forced to stay in apartment number 7. The rest of the Bay Villa Apartment residents are not much better off.

The owner of the complex, Joe Dougherty showing our cameras what is left of the second floor. He says several people were seeking shelter when Michael tore through.

Roath, counting his blessings he survived, is now focused on moving on. However, with no running water, no electricity and no real method of communication it is extremely challenging.

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