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Former Chattanooga Navy Commanding Officer evacuates Florida home

Commander Tim White was the leader of the Naval Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway for two years; just a few months in, he dealt with the deadly shooting in 2015 that killed 5 serviceman. (image WTVC)

A house full of kids and a historically damaging storm on the way; it's a pretty good reason to leave your home for a few days.

"We thought it would be best for us to get out of town for a couple days, and see what happens with the storm and make a call from there," said Tim White. With the threat of Hurricane Michael, White and his family, including a 5-week old boy, evacuated their home in Pensacola.

"Initially it was just gonna be a tropical storm," White said. "Then it looked like it was gonna be a category 1 when it hit landfall, then it turned out it was a category 4 when it made landfall and that's huge. We wanted to be safe, keep our family safe."

White is no stranger to the Scenic City or safety. He was the leader of the Naval Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway for two years; just a few months in, he dealt with the deadly shooting in 2015 that killed 5 serviceman. He was the only service member to fire his weapon at suspect Muhammad Abdulazeez, but it was shots fired by Chattanooga Police Officers that killed Abdulazeez.

"The people of Chattanooga really endeared themselves to us and we just, love the area, we love the people," said Commander White.

White came back to the city to stay away from a deadly Category 4 Hurricane Michael. The storm caused destruction all across the panhandle, even killing a man, and made residents who didn't evacuate regret.

Though Pensacola wasn't in the direct path of the storm, White didn't want to take any chances.

"If we have power outages, or if we're without water for awhile, that would be a significant hurdle with a newborn."


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