Aftermath in Florida: "It snapped trees like they were toothpicks," said Panama City Resident

11 October 2018

Hurricane Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter century and the third-most powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland, battered the state's Gulf coast on Wednesday. The storm came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale.

Its sustained winds were just 2 mph shy of an extremely rare Category 5. Panama City Resident, Andrew Lamonica said "In 64 years this is the first time I went through one. I workload for the power company and retired...it snapped trees like they were tooth picks. Michael made landfall early in the afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles southeast of Panama City in Florida's Panhandle region. The storm was downgraded hours later with winds of 90 mph as the eye moved across southwestern Georgia, the National Hurricane Center said.