Hurricane Michael Mexico Beach
First Hand Account of Hurricane Michael Mexico Beach
Actually living through a Category 5 hurricane Michael Mexico Beach is an experience you will never forget!! I was shocked at what I saw unfolding in front of my eyes and had no idea I would witness those things. You are living in the moment, not knowing what to expect the next minute. You are on your feet trying to sense what’s going to happen next.
These photos were taken through our upstairs window facing the east. These photos do not show the worst of the destruction in Mexico Beach Hurricane Michael, but what we saw around our house.
In our house was my 97 year old grandmother, uncle and myself. Uncle and I held the house together holding the living room window as my grandmother was downstairs. During the time I was downstairs checking on my grandmother, the east side of the house and the south side had its edges of the roof blown off. That ripping of the house had to of been a couple of seconds.
The severe hurricane Michael Mexico Beach force winds lasted for about three hours, 2:30-5pm. Once the winds died down, we walked around the house and observed the destruction within our view. We didn’t have much time before it was sunset time. We smelled smoke in our yard, but didn’t know where it was coming from. Off to a hard nights sleep!
The Nightmare of a House Fire
I woke up around 9pm that night to ferocious house fire winds from a house a couple hundred yards away, the block in front of our house facing the ocean. The corner house and house next to it were burning to the ground. The third house next to them eventually burned down as well.
The rest of the night was spent fearing our house would be the next victims to the fire, and this is after our experience to the Category 5 monster hurricane Michael Mexico Beach! I loaded my car with our valuables hoping for the best. Thank God the house fire stopped at the third house and did not continue going further.
The next couple of days we surveyed the town and could not believe the utter devastation! People from all over were giving us food, water and anything we needed.
Florida’s best were sent to our little town, firefighters, police, utility workers, all to get our town back to normal even though it will take decades.
In the midst of adversary comes strength!
That must have been so awful for you and your family. I’m so sorry this happened to you,your family, and your town. I think your pictures are very descriptive in themselves.