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Panama City defies the destructive power of Hurricane Michael



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When Hurricane Michael threatened the Florida Panhandle with howling winds and dangerous surf, residents experienced damage to the storm in the popular resort of Panama City Beach.

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55-mph winds tearing roofs and breaking in new housing on the beach into the invading waves.

"The resort next to us has been completely demolished," said Lisa Dawn Parker, 51, who has been living in Panama City Beach for almost three years, eradicating the storm in a friend's apartment on the beach with her boyfriend.

"The windows are blown out" The whole front is gone, "she said in a telephone interview with NBC News on Wednesday after the storm.

" We did not think it would be worse than [hurricane] Ivan, " she said, "We do not know why we stayed here."

She said there was "a great deal of wind and debris," and "the rest of the beach was ravaged by waves. The water looks like it's up the dunes from here.

The Hurricane had a maximum sustained winds of 155 mph on Wednesday morning, making it a Category 4 – but since then it has been downgraded to tropical storm, killing two people, including an 11-year-old child after the Tropical Storm Michael was the strongest hurricane in recorded history in the Florida Panhandle, with nearly 326,000 customers in Florida and more than 334,000 others in Georgia and Alabama reportedly out of power.

"I've been here all my life and have never seen one The water at the end of the pier hit that way "Mike," said the Mayor of Panama City Beach, MSNBC, before the storm landed Wednesday afternoon near Mexico Beach, a sparsely populated city about 28 miles southeast.

He said he was disheartened that some of the city's 12,000 residents are not evacuated in time and instead chosen shelter on the spot. Even if they wanted, all the bridges in the county were kept insecure and closed on Wednesday afternoon.

"If you live in a beautiful place, there's always a problem with that, and that's really nice, even now … it's just a shame [the hurricane is] so destructive," said Thomas.


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