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Before-and-After Photos of Michael’s Destruction

NOAA images reveal the storm’s brutal, but uneven, impact on the Florida Panhandle.
Mobile homes, debris, and downed trees near Mexico Beach after Michael swept through.
Mobile homes, debris, and downed trees near Mexico Beach after Michael swept through.NOAA

On Wednesday, Hurricane Michael became the strongest-ever storm on record to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, pummeling coastal towns with winds of up to 129 miles per hour and a storm surge of several feet. The Category 4 hurricane blasted the windows out of buildings, ripped off roofs, and knocked down trees and power lines by the hundred.

Even after it was downgraded to a tropical storm, Michael spawned tornadoes as it tracked north and triggered flash flooding from Georgia up to New Jersey. The storm’s death toll currently stands at 13 and may rise.