Hurricane Michael landed on the Florida coastline on Wednesday, October 10, after picking up steam over the Gulf of Mexico. It devastated the state’s panhandle and continues to work its way further inland, toward the already-deluged Carolinas.
The tropical storm barely qualified as a “major” hurricane on Monday, Oct. 8, but worked its way up to a Category 4 storm when it hit the U.S. coastline near Mexico Beach. Winds from the storm have topped 155 mph, according to CNN, making Michael the strongest hurricane to hit Florida since Andrew in 1992.
Since it came ashore and moved into Georgia, Michael has been downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, but the devastation it’s left Gulf Coast residents to deal with is immense. One man was killed when a tree fell on his home in Greensboro, Florida, while power has been cut to at least 500,000 others throughout the Southeast.
Police and first responders, already pushed to the limit with rescue efforts, have had to deal with looting in some Florida cities, too.
See how social media has reacted to the storm in the images below.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.