Life is still a struggle in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael.

Everyday tasks that residents of Bay County used to take for granted now require a combination of planning, patience and luck. The Category 4 storm cut a wide swath of devastation through the area in October.

Drivers who have lived in the county for years second-guess themselves about whether they’re going the right way since street signs, trees or houses that served as points of reference have disappeared.

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Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao stands in what used to be her bedroom before her home is torn down that morning due to irreparable damage from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

One of the county’s two hospitals was closed, even though Bay County residents are experiencing hurricane-related health problems such as respiratory illness.

Students in schools damaged by the storm have moved into other facilities.

And many doctors’ offices and retailers haven’t reopened yet.

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Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao descends from the missing top floor of her damaged home from Hurricane Michael on the morning it is torn down in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao steps out of the trailer she’s been living in after her home was damaged from Hurricane Michael on the morning it is torn down in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao lights a BBQ while waiting for her damaged house from Hurricane Michael to be torn down in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Jaques, left, and wife Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao watch as their house is torn down next to paintings of boats and beach chairs they found amidst debris in the neighborhood from Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Jaques, right, and wife Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao watch as their damaged house from Hurricane Michael is torn down in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Jaques, left, and wife Paulina
Jaques, left, and wife Paulina “Bela” Sebastiao watch as their damaged house from Hurricane Michael is torn down in Mexico Beach, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An excavator tears down a damaged home from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An excavator tears down a damaged home from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Patrick Muth sifts through debris in what used to be his office of his fifth-generation plumbing business he continues to operate in Panama City, Florida, Wednesday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Patrick Muth sifts through debris in what used to be his office of his fifth-generation plumbing business he continues to operate in Panama City, Florida, Wednesday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ilea Faircloth, principal of Springfield Elementary School walks across a bare foundation where classrooms were destroyed by Hurricane Michael and since torn down in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ilea Faircloth, principal of Springfield Elementary School walks across a bare foundation where classrooms were destroyed by Hurricane Michael and since torn down in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Daylight pours in through the damaged roof of a classroom at Springfield Elementary School which has remained closed since Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Daylight pours in through the damaged roof of a classroom at Springfield Elementary School which has remained closed since Hurricane Michael hit Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A student walks past empty seats in the Northside Elementary School cafeteria during lunchtime in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A student walks past empty seats in the Northside Elementary School cafeteria during lunchtime in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mold grows on the wall and food left behind in a classroom since Hurricane Michael damaged Springfield Elementary School in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mold grows on the wall and food left behind in a classroom since Hurricane Michael damaged Springfield Elementary School in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A broom closet in Northside Elementary School is filled with donated shoes for students whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A broom closet in Northside Elementary School is filled with donated shoes for students whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A newly installed street lamp stands amidst the debris from Hurricane Michael as an American flag blows in the wind in Mexico Beach, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (11.5 million cubic meters) of sheet-rock, insulation, tree limbs and appliances strewn everywhere by the storm. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A newly installed street lamp stands amidst the debris from Hurricane Michael as an American flag blows in the wind in Mexico Beach, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (11.5 million cubic meters) of sheet-rock, insulation, tree limbs and appliances strewn everywhere by the storm. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Bimyall Leroy Burke smokes a cigarette outside a damaged home in the neighborhood where he now resides in a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Bimyall Leroy Burke smokes a cigarette outside a damaged home in the neighborhood where he now resides in a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Clothespins hang on a line outside a boarded up housing development damaged from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Clothespins hang on a line outside a boarded up housing development damaged from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Rickie Keith stands in the FEMA trailer he just moved into after his home was damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Rickie Keith stands in the FEMA trailer he just moved into after his home was damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Thursday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A bible sits on a stained mattress on a pile of debris outside a damaged motel from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Wednesday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A bible sits on a stained mattress on a pile of debris outside a damaged motel from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla, Wednesday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Lorrainda Smith holds her three-month-old son Luke in her mother's house where she is now sleeping on the couch after moving in with her husband and four children in Panama City, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Lorrainda Smith holds her three-month-old son Luke in her mother’s house where she is now sleeping on the couch after moving in with her husband and four children in Panama City, Fla, Friday, Jan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)