'Complete, Total Devastation' in Hurricane Michael's Wake

Some Florida towns now 'unrecognizable'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2018 6:34 AM CDT
Updated Oct 11, 2018 6:43 AM CDT
Brian Bon inspects damages in the Panama City downtown area after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Panama City, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.   (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)
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(Newser) – At least two people are now confirmed dead in one of the strongest storms on record to hit the mainland US—and some communities hit by Hurricane Michael are now unrecognizable. A man in Greensboro, Florida, was killed by a falling tree, authorities say, and an 11-year-girl was killed in Lake Seminole, Georgia, when metal debris hit her family's trailer, Travis Brooks, director of Seminole County's Emergency Management Agency, tells ABC News. He describes the situation in the county as "complete and total devastation." More:

  • Homes submerged. In Mexico Beach, the Florida Panhandle town where Michael made landfall Wednesday, homes were submerged to their roofs by the storm surge and the fate of an estimated 280 residents who refused to evacuate is unclear, reports Reuters.

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