ATLANTA (AP) — It seemed that Sarah Radney was safe inside her grandparents’ home when Hurricane Michael roared into southwest Georgia after smashing across the Florida Panhandle. If the family feared anything, it was probably falling trees — not a carport next to the house that would cause a deadly but freak accident.
Authorities say Michael’s powerful winds lifted a portable carport structure next to the house high into the air and slammed it back down on the house. When it landed, one of the legs tore through the roof, fatally striking the 11-year-old girl in the head.
The girl’s death was one of at least three blamed on Michael after it slammed ashore Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle and then blustered across several Southeast states as a still-potent but downgraded storm.