SLAMMED

The aftermath of Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest to ever hit the US

Rescuers perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.
Rescuers perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.
Image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
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Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s panhandle just shy of being a Category 5 storm. As it moves towards the Carolinas now as a tropical storm, it will be remembered as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the US mainland. Getting relief to affected areas will be a challenge.

The AP reports that the dozens of miles of the region’s main artery, Interstate 10, were closed due to a build up of debris. So far, there have been two reported deaths.

Photos of the storm’s aftermath show locals trying to dig out and make sense of the work to be done to rebuild after such an unforgiving storm.

Joyce Fox, center, in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City, Florida.
Joyce Fox, center, in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City, Florida.
Image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking the way in her heavily damaged neighborhood in Panama City.
Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking the way in her heavily damaged neighborhood in Panama City.
Image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Kaylee O’Brian weeps inside her home, which was damaged by several fallen trees.
Kaylee O’Brian weeps inside her home, which was damaged by several fallen trees.
Image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Cutting away a tree that fell onto a vehicle in Panama City.
Cutting away a tree that fell onto a vehicle in Panama City.
Image: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
A downed tree and power lines block a road in Panama City Beach.
A downed tree and power lines block a road in Panama City Beach.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman
A man walks past damaged trucks in Panama City.
A man walks past damaged trucks in Panama City.
Al Hancock and his dog Bandit amid the debris in front of his house in Panama City.
Al Hancock and his dog Bandit amid the debris in front of his house in Panama City.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman
A wind-whipped sign damaged by Hurricane Michael.
A wind-whipped sign damaged by Hurricane Michael.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman
Little is left of these buildings after Hurricane Michael hit Panama City.
Little is left of these buildings after Hurricane Michael hit Panama City.
Image: Reuters/Jonathan Bachman
The storm tore through this boat shed.
The storm tore through this boat shed.
Image: Dan Anderson/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
Displaced road signage amid the ruins of a collapsed building.
Displaced road signage amid the ruins of a collapsed building.
Image: Dan Anderson/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
Walking through the wreckage in Panama City.
Walking through the wreckage in Panama City.
Image: Dan Anderson/EPA/REX/Shutterstock
The sun sets on a debris-littered Panama City street.
The sun sets on a debris-littered Panama City street.
Image: Dan Anderson/EPA/REX/Shutterstock