Devastating photos show Hurricane Michael's damage in Mexico Beach, Florida, where the storm made landfall
Peter KoteckiOct 12, 2018, 12.05 AM
Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 11, 2018.Gerald Herbert/AP
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.