Gov. Rick Scott said this morning that people from Florida’s Panhandle to the Big Bend woke up to “unimaginable destruction.” He says Hurricane Michael has changed lives forever, and “many families have lost everything.” The governor added that “this hurricane was an absolute monster.”
One Florida town is gone.
Mexico Beach, a small resort town in Panama City, population 1,072, is no longer there. It is literally part of the ocean, and houses and businesses are submerged or destroyed.
The town of Mexico Beach suffered a direct hit from Hurricane Michael while it was a Cat 4.
Entire blocks of homes near the beach have been washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. Rows and rows of other homes are smashed to pieces or crunched to the ground and leaning at odd angles.
Hurricane Michael has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm but it left tremendous devastation. Two people in Florida have so far been reported killed. One girl died when a tree fell through her house.
HORRIFIC VIDEO OF THE DEVASTATION
— Nick Popham (@KATVPopham) October 10, 2018
This is a live feed from near Mexico Beach where storm is coming ashore https://t.co/0dWOmYkVm5
— Paul Johnson (@CowVetPaul) October 10, 2018
A whole house was ripped apart in #Mexico Beach, #Florida. Here is video of parts of the home washing up to other properties. This is one powerful storm. #HurricaneMichael. (via Talarico Tessa) #Hurricane #mexicobeach pic.twitter.com/BBlzMm4Au2
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) October 10, 2018
— Jonathan Petramala (@jpetramala) October 11, 2018
Stunning. The view from inside the eye of the hurricane – you can see the blue sky – near Mexico Beach, FL photo credit: Doug Kiesling pic.twitter.com/juuQlOibvP
— David Muir (@DavidMuir) October 11, 2018