PARKER, FL- CBS17.com writes that home and business owners in Panama City and other parts of the state that suffered severe damage in Hurricane Michael are now struggling to recover. The massive storm wiped out many businesses and homes along the Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Michael struck the coast as a powerful Category 4 storm. As the hurricane moved into Georgia and eventually the Carolina’s, it lost some of its force, but still caused a great deal of damage.
One resident of Parker, Florida, a town located to the east of Panama City, described the storm as being like a war zone in Vietnam. He reported seeing mahogany trees “doing cartwheels” in the massive winds and said that it looks as though there was a bombing raid through the area.
Many residents are finally getting power restored to their damaged homes. The storm struck land on October 10, 2018, with forces so strong that it was nearly a Category 5 storm. The sustained wind speed reached 155 miles per hour when it hit Mexico Beach. Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to strike land in the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. No storm has ever struck the Florida Panhandle with as much strength.
Residents in Parker reported the presence of FEMA workers on Tuesday, October 24, 2018. Many residents had been without power for about two full weeks after the storm.
The storm caused incredible destruction, the expenses of which have been estimated at around $10 billion worth of insured losses. That estimate, provided by AIR Worldwide, does not factor in the payments made by the National Flood Insurance Program.
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