Hurricane Michael: scenes of destruction reveal scope of storm’s force

Photos and videos from meteorologists and storm chasers show how brutally the storm devastated the Florida Panhandle

buildings damaged by hurricane michael in panama city, florida
Buildings damaged by Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida, on 11 October. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

— At least two people have been reported dead and innumerable homes destroyed as Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday. The towns of Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach took much of its impact, and there were reports of homes burning uncontrolled with no one on hand to put them out.

Images of the destruction began circulating on social media on Tuesday and into this morning revealing the massive scope of the hurricane’s force.

Marc Weinberg, a meteorologist at WDRB in Kentucky, shared this video of a home falling down in Panama City Beach.

 

ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee surveyed the aftermath.

 

Storm chaser Jeff Gammons saw gas stations and numerous other businesses destroyed.

 

Jaclyn Whittal of the Weather Network toured downtown Panama City, now eerie and mostly desolate.

 

“Like an vast tornado ripped through the entire city,” she wrote. “It’s true. Catastrophic damage everywhere near Panama City, FL.”

The hurricane, the strongest to hit the United States in decades, was powerful enough to rip a high school gymnasium in half, as seen in a video shared by ABC News.

 

A storm chaser filming a live stream in the midst of the storm had to eventually abandon his car, and footage of the camera, still rolling inside, appears to show the car being swept away by the water. He was later reported as being safe.

 

The Weather Channel’s Chris Dolce shared a before and after photo of the same location that appears to show an entire two-story home lost to the sea.

 

“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,” wrote storm chaser Josh Morgerman on Twitter.

 

Flooding has now been reported as far away as North Carolina this morning as the storm moves north into a region still barely recovering from Hurricane Florence.


by Luke O’Neil | The Guardian