Photos: Hurricane Michael rips through the Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael made a dramatic landfall Wednesday afternoon as a fiercer-than-expected Category 4 storm.

After landing near Mexico Beach and Panama City in Florida, Michael continued to move. The storm entered Georgia Wednesday, still a Category 2 hurricane. Its remnants continued up the coast, bringing a huge amount of rain and flooding to many states on the Eastern seaboard.

Michael was the most powerful storm ever to hit the Florida Panhandle — with 155 mph winds and 9 to 14 feet of storm surge in some areas — and it shows. At least 14 people died as result of the storm, including a 11-year-old girl in Southwest Georgia who died when storm debris crashed into her home. Seven died when the remnants of the storm passed through Virginia — four of the deaths were due to flooding.

More than 800,000 customers across five states are without power. And many, many homes and business have been completely destroyed. We’ll know more about the total costs and toll of the storm in the coming days.

As measured by barometric pressure, Michael was one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall in the US.

Local news reporters, storm chasers, photo journalists, and meteorologists are have been sharing images from the ground on what was left in Michael’s wake. It looks like a tornado hit some of these areas.

A destroyed gymnasium in Panama City, Florida.
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A flooded street in Panama City, Florida.
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Hurricane Michael Slams Into Florida’s Panhandle Region
Damaged buildings and a flooded street in Panama City Beach
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A woman inspects damages to her family properties in the Panama City, Florida.
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Damaged homes in Panama City Beach
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A man looks through his family’s roofless apartment in Panama City.
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Florida Panhandle Faces Major Destruction After Hurricane Michael Hits As Category 4 Storm
A home in Mexico Beach, Florida
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