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Scenes from Hurricane Michael’s destruction in Florida: ‘Looks like a nuke was dropped’

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle Wednesday as a
Category 4 story, shocking even veteran storm-watchers with its
destructive force.

Images and video from the ground show uprooted trees, collapsed
houses and even a lamp post snapped at its base.

A vehicle sits partially submerged in floodwaters
after Hurricane Michael hit in Panama City, Florida, U.S., on
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.
Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael
October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.

The storm moved fast and many people didn’t have time to
evacuate as the the tropical depression formed over the weekend
and strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Tuesday. It
morphed into a fierce Category 4 by the time it came ashore
near Mexico Beach, Florida on Wednesday afternoon with wind
speeds of 250 km/h. Just shy of a Category 5 storm, Michael was
the most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida’s
Panhandle.

Based on barometric pressure, Michael was also the third most
powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland, behind the Labor
Day storm of 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969.

Josh Morgerman, a well-known storm chaser, tweeted, “It’s hard
to convey in words the scale of the catastrophe in Panama City.
The whole city looks like a nuke was dropped on it. I’m
literally shocked at the scale of the destruction.”

Though the storm has weakened, it is continuing on a dangerous
path across the southeast states. The National Hurricane Centre
warned of possible spinoff tornadoes and heavy rains in Alabama
and Georgia, before the storm heads for South Carolina, already
soaked by Hurricane Florence in September.

Mcdonald’s signage stands damaged from Hurricane
Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct.
10, 2018.
Haley Nelson inspects damages to her family
properties in the Panama City, Fla., spring field area after
Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida’s Panhandle on
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.<br />

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesThe hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a
category 4 storm.
People look on at a damaged store after Hurricane
Michael passed through on October 10, 2018 in Panama City,
Florida.
Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael in
Panama City, Florida on October 10, 2018. –

With files from the Associated Press and Washington
Post.

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