In October 2018, Hurricane Michael began moving toward the panhandle of Florida, including Mexico Beach. The family left around noon on Tuesday, October 9, to make the drive to Alabama where they had planned to evacuate to.
The next day, October 10, the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 155 miles-per-hour.
Upon returning to their home two days later, Darla said, "My concern was not that the house was going to be gone, I knew in my heart this house was going to be standing. I just knew it."
However, without knowing exactly what they would be coming back to, the Wises prepared by bringing tarps and other equipment to check the roof. No surprise to Darla, when they returned to their home there was very little damage, just some missing shingles, minor leaking and exterior damage.
"The patio was like you could've just sat out there and watched the storm! Not sure you would've wanted to, but inside everything was fine," Terry said.
Three years ago, when the Wise family ventured into the world of prefabricated homes and made that visit to the home building facility, they recognized and trusted the Clayton Built® building process.
Darla stated that the "quality of the construction, the quality of the workmanship, the quality of the engineering that went into the manufacturing of the home" that they witnessed during their visit were the very reasons their home was still.
As they returned to their Mexico Beach home following Category 4 Hurricane Michael, instead of facing fear and uncertainty, they found comfort in the quality and durability of their Clayton Built® modular home.