Before-and-after photos show Hurricane Michael’s catastrophic destruction in Florida
Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, before touching down near Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday morning. The storm has since moved on to Georgia, and is expected to head northeast through the Carolinas and Virginia.
Even experts were surprised by how quickly the hurricane picked up speed. The storm began as a small tropical depression before escalating to a record-breaking Category 4 hurricane in just 72 hours.
Officials report that two people have died as a result of Hurricane Michael, while hundreds of thousands have been left without power.
Though the hurricane has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, it has already wreaked havoc in many Florida Panhandle neighborhoods.
Since the storm hit, residents of Panama City have seen their homes collapse, their roads flooded, and their storefront windows shattered. Officials say that four Florida hospitals have closed due to the storm, including two in Panama City, which have been forced to evacuate patients.
Take a look at the destruction captured by these before-and-after photos.
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Before: Bo Lynn’s Grocery in Saint Marks, Florida
After: The market is submerged in water
Saints Marks witnessed minor flooding on Tuesday, which forced some roads to shut down. This included the only road that leads into and out of the town, which was blocked off ahead of the hurricane.
Before: The Cooter Stew Cafe in Saint Marks
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