Mexico Beach Hurricane Michael: Videos, Photos Show Storm Making Landfall in Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm bringing severe winds, rain and flooding to the state’s panhandle. Photos and videos from the region showed severe damage and flooding, homes destroyed and debris littering streets.

Mexico Beach, a somewhat sparsely populated town, is located on the Florida Panhandle between Panama City Beach and Port St. Joe. In Mexico Beach and elsewhere, some houses were submerged, with roofs torn off, while thousands of power outages were already reported. Photos showed some homes completely demolished from the storm, with merely a pile of debris left behind.

Michael’s winds were clocked at up to 155 mph as it ripped through the state.  The National Weather Service confirmed the hurricane was an “unprecedented event” for the Florida Panhandle.

"Michael is a historic storm," said AccuWeather vice president of forecasting Marshall Moss. "A Category 4 hurricane has never struck that part of Florida. The coastline will be changed for decades." 

The National Hurricane Center warned rainfall of up to 12 inches was possible in some areas, as were life-threatening storm surges and flash flooding. Mandatory evacuations were previously placed for parts of Florida, including Mexico Beach. The town urged residents and visitors on Tuesday to heed the warning and adhere to the order.

Governor Rick Scott warned residents in the state on Wednesday to seek shelter if they hadn’t evacuated.

“Michael is upon us, it is time to seek refuge,” he tweeted. “Once you are sheltered, STAY PUT. Do not try to leave until the storm has passed. Multiple state and federal resources are staged and ready to respond as soon as it is safe.” 

GettyImages-1051836988 Debris is blown down a street by Hurricane Michael on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Mexico Beach Hurricane Michael A store's windows are seen shattered as hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 201, in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hurricane Michael Broken awnings are seen after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Hurricane Michael Mexico Beach An American flag is torn in front of a school during Hurricane Michael October 10 in Panama City, Florida. Michael slammed into the Florida coast on October 10 as the most powerful storm to hit the southern US state in more than a century as officials warned it could wreak 'unimaginable devastation.' Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Mexico Beach, a town about 20 miles (32kms) southeast of Panama City, around 1:00 pm Eastern time (1700 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Michael Boats that were docked are seen in a pile of rubble after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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