SIGNS OF LIFE ON SPLINTER ROW
MIAMI: The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of Old Florida. Now it lies in splinters.
Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, numerous homes in the resort town of about 1190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations.
Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off. What the 2.7m storm surge didn’t destroy, the 250km/h winds finished off.
Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get to the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people who are believed to have stayed behind.
A National Guard team went into the area and found 20 survivors overnight, and more crews were pushing into the stricken zone on Thursday. The fate of many other residents was unknown, authorities said.
GROUND ZERO: Lee Cathey, 37, Al Cathey, 71, and Charles Smith, 56, survey damage in Mexico Beach, Florida.