Images showing Michael’s destruction emerge: ‘All the houses are submerged’

Images showing Michael’s destruction emerge: ‘All the houses are submerged’

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Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction in its wake after making landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday.

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The extent of the Category 4 storm’s strength is evident in dramatic footage showing demolished homes and submerged neighborhoods.

PHOTO: A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Gerald Herbert/AP
A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

The winds were so strong they tore down a canopy over a Texaco gas pumping station in Inlet Beach.

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Cursory aftermath shots around us. #HurricaneMichael #30ABurger #Cuvee30A #30Avenue #PanamaCityBeach #RosemaryBeach #30A #SoWal #MexicoBeach #TyndallAirForceBase

A post shared by 30A Burger (@30aburger) on Oct 10, 2018 at 1:29pm PDT

In Panama City, a massive metal pole holding up a billboard toppled over, crushing a building below it.

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Nightmare in Panama City #hurricanemichael#panamacity

A post shared by Artem Ganov (@artemganov) on Oct 10, 2018 at 2:25pm PDT

One building, seen in a photo posted by ABC Tuscaloosa affiliate WBMA, appears to have crumbled beneath the Category 4 storm’s 150 mph winds.

ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee witnessed the storm surge at Mexico Beach push a house off its foundation.

Zee, who was in the eye wall of the storm for more than an hour, described an “incredible storm surge.” Conditions were so bad that Zee and her team lost the ability to broadcast.

“All I can see is devastation,” Zee said on ABC News’ live broadcast.

(MORE: Hurricane Michael live coverage: Landfall at 155 mph, worst storm to hit Florida Panhandle in over a century)

Tessa Talarico posted videos to Instagram of an entire home that was knocked down.

“A whole house is gone and is floating in front of our place,” Talarico wrote.

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A whole house is gone and is floating in front of our place

A post shared by Tessa Talarico (@talarico.tessa) on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:00am PDT

In another post, Talarico wrote, “All the houses are submerged.”

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This is what it looks like right now All the houses are submerged

A post shared by Tessa Talarico (@talarico.tessa) on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:49am PDT

(MORE: Hurricane Michael to bring dangerous storm surge: What you need to know)

Northwest Florida Daily News reporter Annie Blanks tweeted video footage of seawater flowing inside the Dewey Destin’s seafood restaurant near Mexico Beach.

The Lanark Fire Department tweeted footage of a terrifying storm surge creeping up the shore, bringing seawater into a carport of a beachfront home.

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#firedepartment #firehouse #firerescue #firefighter #firedepartment #gulfcoast #lanarkfiredepartment #lanarkvillage #carrabelle #franklincounty #appalachicola #hurricanemichael #stormsurge

A post shared by Lanark_fire_department (@lanark_fire_department) on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:55am PDT

Strong waves overtook a boat ramp to Choctawhatchee Bay at Legion Park, a video posted to Instagram by Lars Rygaard shows.

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The windiest I have ever seen it at the Legion Park boat ramp. These docs are usually 4 to 5 feet above the waterline. #hurricanemichael #weatherchannel #weather #rain

A post shared by my850 (@850lars) on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:02am PDT

Richard Fausset, and Atlanta-based reporter for The New York Times, posted a photo of a group of people huddling in a storage closet at his hotel in Panama City.

Fausset wrote that the “whole hotel is shuddering” like an earthquake.

Workers at the Walton County Animal Shelter were seen comforting dogs and cats up for adopting as they ride out the storm.

(MORE: Cajun Navy mobilizes volunteers, boats to Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence)

Michael is the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, according to FEMA.

PHOTO: Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

PHOTO: The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018, in Saint Marks, FLa.Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images
The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018, in Saint Marks, FLa.

The storm will then move rapidly through Georgia before bringing significant rainfall north to the Carolinas and beyond.

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