Devastating damage remains in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael

Residents now face a long effort to pick up the pieces.

‘It Was Terrifying’: Panhandle Resident On Hurricane Michael’s Frightening Fury

(Video and photos at link)

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.


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2 Responses to Devastating damage remains in the Florida panhandle after Hurricane Michael

  1. stella says:

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    As I posted next door, I’m betting there’ll be some building code changes post-Michael. We’ve been watching the damage pix and comparing them to Andrew and Katrina – they look more like Andrew to us.

    They mentioned, in post-Andrew reviews, how the building codes were relaxed to allow faster construction to meet the needs of the booming population (and increase the tax base) and how inspectors were lax or crooked – or both. Walls and roofs were built out of light pine or manufactured wood frames covered with OSB or particle board stapled in place. Bricks were layered on but only provided a decorative touch, as the winds flexed the structure the bricks popped off. A lot of the damage on the news looks a lot like that.

    We have wooden houses well over 200 years old in NOLA that have withstood numerous hurricanes with biggies such as Betsy, Camille and Katrina pounding them when they were well into their dotage. It’s all about construction techniques. We’re still well within the hurricane wind damage area where we live and this area’s also a tornado alley. We built with concrete as it was faster and cheaper than frame building at the time and we’re pretty secure feeling. There are plenty of folks who moved up here after Katrina who built with the same quick framing style that failed in NOLA – we’ll just have to wait and see.


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