Hurricane Michael made landfall near the Florida town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon. The storm brought winds up to 155 mph, and flooding of over 7 feet was recorded in some areas.
The combination of those devastating conditions left homes in Mexico Beach destroyed and submerged in water. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said damage along the state’s coast from Mexico Beach to Panama City was “way worse than anybody ever anticipated,” according to Reuters.
Based on its extremely low central pressure — a key measurement of a hurricane’s intensity — Michael was the third-strongest hurricane in US history. Two people were reported dead due to the storm as of Thursday morning: A man in Florida was killed when a tree fell on top of his house, and an 11-year-old child was killed in Georgia when debris fell on a home.
CNN published an aerial video showing the hurricane’s damage to homes in Mexico Beach, which Federal Emergency Management Agency head Brock Long called “ground zero” for the storm.
The following photos show how severe the destruction in Mexico Beach is.
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In Hurricane Michael’s wake on Thursday, search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people.
Here, firefighter Austin Schlarb performs a door-to-door search in Mexico Beach.
According to the Red Cross, as many as 320,000 people did not evacuate despite official orders and dire warnings.
Although some people chose to remain in their homes, others were unable to get out in time for financial reasons or due to disability or illness.
The storm intensified rapidly — it grew from a tropical depression into a Category 4 hurricane in just 72 hours, which gave residents little time to make plans.
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