Hurricane Michael made landfall this past week, and one Panama City resident got more than they bargained for when the storm struck their house. As forecasters predicted, the winds were incredibly strong. Part of the house's roof even caved in. What the residents couldn't have been expecting, however, was for four adorable kittens to fall out of the resulting hole and curl up in the debris.
Meteorologist Rob Marciano from ABC News learned about the kittens as he reported on weather in the area. The residents of the house were forced to flee the storm, leaving the kittens behind.
According to Marciano, prior to the roof collapsing, no one knew the kittens had been living in the ceiling:
These kittens fell out of the ceiling and into the kitchen. [The homeowners] didn't even know that they were alive up there.
This little buggers need food & shelter ASAP. Please help! @bestfriends https://t.co/GRtV8v2IdD— Rob Marciano (@Rob Marciano)1539263965.0
I’ve been back to that house 3 times - no sign of mama cat 😞 https://t.co/tfTHOYzHvf— Rob Marciano (@Rob Marciano)1539354263.0
Marciano quickly took a liking to the little fluff-balls, visiting the house multiple times to see if he could locate their mother. When she didn't appear, he decided to take the kittens to the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
"They didn't even know that they were alive up there." Four kittens were found in debris when they survived a roof… https://t.co/cbzfE8KLBc— ABC News (@ABC News)1539340217.0
PAWS Community Development Coordinator Manda Moore says the kittens were around three weeks old.
They are all now living with a foster family who feeds them from a bottle—something the tiny felines seem to love:
They are eager eaters and seem to have the fight and strength of the Panhandle. We are very hopeful for them.
The amazing folks at Panhandle Animal Welfare Society say all four appear to be in ok health! Maybe 10 or 11 days o… https://t.co/67hkU7Ebb8— Jeffrey Cook (@Jeffrey Cook)1539289457.0
Twitter developed a huge soft spot for the kittens:
@ABC @RobMarciano I want them! I want all four of them! Who am I kidding, I want all the cats!— ☠️IWriteStuff☠️ (@☠️IWriteStuff☠️)1539340741.0
@ABC @KatieMorseNews @RobMarciano Um... Rob Marciano AND Kittens?? Omg 😍 #CutenessOverload #swoon #CantTopThat 😂— Erin Colvin-Collins (@Erin Colvin-Collins)1539340521.0
@ABC @RobMarciano Awww, I want to adopt 2 of them. So precious❤🐈🤙=^..^=— ROCKNHYGIENIST (@ROCKNHYGIENIST)1539348232.0
It's hard not to root for the kittens after seeing these adorable photos...
@RobMarciano @bestfriends Poor little friends! Thank you for taking care of them!— Courtenay Elementary🎃 (@Courtenay Elementary🎃)1539265384.0
@ABC @RobMarciano God has blessed those precious kittens & their rescuer.— Fran Rubin (@Fran Rubin)1539344994.0
@ABC @RobMarciano Thank goodness you found the kittens when you did.— Beth Seidler (@Beth Seidler)1539342171.0
The kittens have also been given names! The two boys are called Michael and Harvey and the two girls are named Opal and Katrina. In about eight weeks, they will all become available for adoption, and would likely be happy wherever they end up, especially considering where they started out.
@HuffPost So sweet and tiny and what they had to endure ,but they alive and in safe hands.— Nurjehan (@Nurjehan)1539459512.0