Monday, October 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Hurricane Guide

Man killed in Florida home by fallen tree

PANAMA CITY, Florida — Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man was killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Michael tore through the state.

Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anglie Hightower says they received a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday, saying a tree had crashed through the roof of the man’s Greensboro home and trapped him. Emergency crews were heading to the home, but downed power lines and blocked roads were making the trip difficult.

Officials hadn’t immediately confirmed the man’s name.

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