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(CBS News) Aerial video shows the destruction left by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida. The town took a direct hit when the hurricane made landfall. CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion joined CBSN from Panama City, Florida, with the latest.
FEMA: Mexico Beach, Florida Took the Brunt of Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael roared ashore Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near Mexico Beach, Florida rendering the city nearly unrecognizable.
Entire blocks of homes near the coast were washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. Rows and rows of other homes were smashed to pieces, crunched to the ground or leaning at odd angles.
Mexico Beach – Many Homes Destroyed
A reporter and a photojournalist from the Tampa Bay Times ventured to Mexico Beach before dawn 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, and entire structures washed away.
Refrigerators and toilets and piles of soggy furniture were strewn across properties. CBS affiliate WJAX reported that parts of Mexico Beach looked like a bomb went off, with debris from businesses, homes and boats strewn about.
Amid the wreckage, the crew spotted survivors — people who rode out the storm. One couple was looking for their mother’s portable oxygen machine. Another man was shining a flashlight from his balcony as alarms sounded and fires burned.
Hundreds of People Rode Out the Hurricane
The town was under a mandatory evacuation this week as the storm approached the coast. But some people were determined to ride out the hurricane. Authorities said that 285 people in the city refused to leave.
A National Guard team found 20 survivors there overnight and more crews were working through the wreckage on Thursday. | See the full story here… cbsnews.com
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Earlier today: President @realDonaldTrump, joined by Homeland Security @SecNielsen, listens as @FEMA_Brock briefs reporters on the expected impact of Hurricane Michael on Florida and the Southeastern United States.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 10, 2018
— ABC News (@ABC) October 12, 2018
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