Hurricane Michael one month later

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Time has flown since Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle.

"Looking around, I still think that everybody's come together and made such a huge difference," said Panama City Beach resident Nikki Nichols.

People are beginning to find a new purpose.

"I do feel that my purpose right now is to help as much as I can," said Panama City Beach resident Sarah Howard.

While change can be seen, some people are completely rebuilding their lives.

"We lost everything. I mean we were basically starting from scratch again so... with five children," said Bay County resident Dominic Fiorentino.

For Fiorentino and his family, things aren't happening fast enough.

"It's slow. It's too slow. In my personal opinion, I know everybody's out there trying to do their best but it's slow, it's real slow. There's not enough help," said Fiorentino.

He realizes there's one big demand that he and many others need.

"The housing situation here is even worse," said Fiorentino.

"Considering it has only been a month is how a lot of resources have pulled out already, we really, really need housing for people," said Nichols.

While that's a huge need, people also realize others might need a warm touch.

"Some need blankets, some need food, some don't need anything, they just need a hug," said Howard.

Residents like Howard understand what it's like to go through a tough time.

"I've had hard times before. So I know what it's like to not have much or need something and people came through for me and I just hope that I can be a blessing to somebody else," said Howard.

"Once you live through that, you can't not help," said Nichols.

People also mentioned that once all of the kids are back in school, it will add another sense of normalcy.