>> Hurricane Michael, the worst storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, left a trail of destruction and at least 30 dead. And has thrown the looming midterm elections into disarray. In some places like Gulf County, schools and community centers used as polling sites took on Michael's fury.>> Some were flooded, some had some wind damage.
I've got one that's still currently being used as a shelter right now. I have several that are being used as staging points, food and water distribution.>> In some areas, Floridians saw their ballots washed away by the storm. Reuters correspondent Terray Sylvester says voter's apathy might be an issue, too.
As residents might be more focused on recovery, not politics.>> In a community called Honeyville, I stopped into a community center that had been converted into a hurricane shelter. I talked with one of the directors of the shelter. He thought that by the time the election rolls around in November, most people will be able to vote if they want to.
That is, they'll physically be able to get to the polls. But he also thought that in these crucial last few weeks before the election. Politics was probably the last thing on many people's minds.>> At stake in Florida are two high profile races. Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson is facing off against the state's Republican Governor Rick Scott for Senate.
While the race to succeed Scott is also drawing national interest. But catastrophic damage and distracted voters could be destructive for the Republicans. As they're relying on places like the Republican leaning Panhandle to win statewide office.