Yankeetown residents: "It could have been a lot worse."

YANKEETOWN, Fla. (WCJB)-
Hurricane Michael made landfall east of Panama City but the coastal communities of North Central Florida felt the storm as well.

Residents along the coast in Levy and Dixie counties are out checking out their homes after being put under a mandatory evacuation.

One Yankeetown resident who says many of her neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief.

"Between the wind and the high tide, and everything else everybody was just standing around devastated,” Jennifer Molzen, a resident, said.

It's not easy for a small town like Yankeetown to recover from a hurricane as forceful as Hurricane Michael, even if it didn't take a direct hit.

“It's seems a little crazy, the hurricanes we've had the last few years."

That's why Jennifer Molzen says she's relieved she isn't seeing as much damage as residents were expecting.

"All the homes were fine but there's still some concern about the 3 am tide,” Molzen said.

Yankeetown was one of the coastal communities in North Central Florida that was under mandatory evacuation.

"A lot of residents stating that they did not get any flooding in their house. They were close but they did not get any flooding, So we were really lucky I think that we didn't get a lot of the flooding that was anticipated,” Sherri MacDonald, Yankeetown's administrator, said.

Macdonald and Molzen say they were riding around with Yankeetown Mayor Jack Shofield taking pictures and making sure residents had everything they needed.

Although Molzen says the morning tide concerns her the most, recovery is what the town will be focusing on next.

"It could have been a lot worse. So I think we're very happy with the outcome, to be honest with you,” she said.

Yankeetown leaders will start assessing damage Thursday morning at 8am.