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At least two people are dead as Michael continues to work its way through the southeastern United States. Wednesday, the Category 4 hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle with frightening fury, leaving behind widespread damage.
The Hurricane Michael was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 mph as it made landfall near Mexico Beach, a Gulf Coast beach town.
In terms of wind intensity, that made it much stronger than Hurricane Florence, which had winds of 90 mph when it blew ashore in North Carolina last month.
A reporter and photojournalist from the Tampa Bay Times ventured to Mexico Beach early Thursday, finding the town of about 1,000 almost impassable. They reported seeing many destroyed homes, some with staircases leading to doors suspended 10 feet in the air with nothing on the other side, entire structures washed away. Refrigerators and toilets and piles of soggy furniture are strewn across properties.