Apple CEO Tim Cook after Hurricane Michael: Gulf Coast 'holds a special place in my heart'

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about the Apple iPhone XS at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) - As Hurricane Michael moved into south Georgia as a Category 1 hurricane Wednesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted his support for the Gulf Coast.

"I grew up on the shores of the Gulf Coast, near Pensacola and Mobile, and that region holds a special place in my heart. That's never been more true than now. To all those communities in the path of Hurricane Michael, you are in my prayers. Please stay safe," Cook tweeted.

The Apple CEO also pledged to help the recovery efforts: "Apple is standing with our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, and will be donating to recovery and relief efforts."

The Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, areas sustained relatively minor damage from Hurricane Michael compared to other areas in the Florida Panhandle and southeast Alabama.