Hurricane Michael devastates the Florida Panhandle


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Aneesa Anderson, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a category 4 storm on Wednesday with winds hitting a top speed of 155 mph. The deadly storm broke a record as the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle.

The hurricane caused catastrophic damage, with many houses and buildings left completely demolished. According to CBS, Hurricane Michael left over 200,000 Floridians without power and entire neighborhoods in ruins.

Mexico Beach was hit the hardest, being the first place the storm touched, and was left in ruins. The roads are littered with debris, fallen trees, and pieces of homes. Patricia Mulligan, a Mexico Beach resident, detailed the aftermath of the storm, saying that she spotted appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dressers, and even a kayak strewn about. Many areas were flooded, with officials urging people not to drive through flood waters.

The shortage of resources caused by the storm has people turning to community centers to get food and water. According to CNN, residents of Mexico Beach are obtaining bottled water and ready-to-eat meals from schools, fire stations and Salvation army food trucks.

As of Sunday, 46 people remain unaccounted for in Mexico Beach. 18 total people were killed by the storm in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina. Only one of these deaths occurred in Mexico Beach.