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Mexico Beach, FL - Florida’s Mexico Beach 'Wiped Out' By Hurricane Michael

Published on: October 11, 2018 01:54 PM
By: AP
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Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Mexico Beach, FL - What used to be a gorgeous beachfront city now looks like an apocalyptic mess after Hurricane Michael shredded Mexico Beach, Florida.

“Mexico Beach was wiped out,” said Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “That’s probably ground zero.”

Gov. Rick Scott says the Florida National Guard got into Mexico Beach and found 20 people who survived a direct hit from Hurricane Michael.

The town where the hurricane made landfall Wednesday remained very difficult to reach by land a day later, with roads covered by fallen trees, power lines and other storm debris.

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Overhead video from a CNN helicopter Thursday morning reveals widespread devastation across the town of about 1,000 people.

Entire blocks of homes near the beach have been washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. Rows and rows of other homes are smashed to pieces or crunched to the ground and leaning at odd angles.

The town was under a mandatory evacuation order as the rapidly developing storm targeted the coast, but some people were determined to ride out the hurricane.

The coastal township of Mexico Beach, population 1200, lay devastated on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle.(Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Credit: AP)The coastal township of Mexico Beach, population 1200, lay devastated on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday in the Florida Panhandle.(Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Credit: AP)
Emergency workers Dr. Patricia Cantrell, left, and Ana Kaufmann, with the South Florida Search and Rescue Task Force 2, survey damage at the western edge of town in Mexico Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Michael swept through the area Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Credit: AP)Emergency workers Dr. Patricia Cantrell, left, and Ana Kaufmann, with the South Florida Search and Rescue Task Force 2, survey damage at the western edge of town in Mexico Beach, Fla., after Hurricane Michael swept through the area Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP) (Credit: AP)
A house damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)A house damaged by Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)Rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A man stands on what is left of a balcony after Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)A man stands on what is left of a balcony after Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Bianna Kelsay is consoled by member of rescue personnel after being saved from her business damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)Bianna Kelsay is consoled by member of rescue personnel after being saved from her business damaged by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An American flag flies amongst rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)An American flag flies amongst rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)Rubble left in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael is pictured in Mexico Beach, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Resident Tony Feller, who stayed in Mexico Beach, Fla., during Hurricane Michael, sits in a chair amidst the destruction, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)Resident Tony Feller, who stayed in Mexico Beach, Fla., during Hurricane Michael, sits in a chair amidst the destruction, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
People walk amidst destruction on the main street of Mexico Beach, Fla., in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)People walk amidst destruction on the main street of Mexico Beach, Fla., in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
Mishelle McPherson, climbs over the rubble of the home of her friend as she searches for her, since she knows she stayed behind in the home during Hurricane Michael, in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)Mishelle McPherson, climbs over the rubble of the home of her friend as she searches for her, since she knows she stayed behind in the home during Hurricane Michael, in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
Rescue personnel search amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)Rescue personnel search amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
An American flag flies amidst destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)An American flag flies amidst destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)A boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: AP)
In this image made from video and provided by SevereStudios.com, damage from Hurricane Michael is seen in Mexico Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael's wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S. (SevereStudios.com via AP) (Credit: AP)In this image made from video and provided by SevereStudios.com, damage from Hurricane Michael is seen in Mexico Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael’s wake Thursday as daylight yielded scenes of rows upon rows of houses smashed to pieces by the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental U.S. (SevereStudios.com via AP) (Credit: AP)


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 Oct 11, 2018 at 02:18 PM Dave Says:

The Storm must be racist. Just like the dem-o-rats.

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 Oct 11, 2018 at 03:36 PM fat36 Says:

What I don’t understand why isn’t there a rule implemented that when you build a structure it should not be Built out of toothpicks being that it’s in a prone area for hurricanes

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 Oct 11, 2018 at 05:46 PM Americana Says:

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fat36 Says:

What I don’t understand why isn’t there a rule implemented that when you build a structure it should not be Built out of toothpicks being that it’s in a prone area for hurricanes

Welcome to cheap construction!
The problem with building hurricane proof buildings, is that it is cheaper to build the same thing 2 or 3 times, than solid construction that may or may not be hit with a storm in the next 100 years, that may or may not be strong enough to knock it down.

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