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The wrath of Hurricane Michael, one of the strongest storms in US history

(Source: qz.com)

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.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Joyce Fox, center, in front of her heavily damaged home in Panama City, Florida.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Carol Ralph walks through downed trees blocking the way in her heavily damaged neighborhood in Panama City.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Kaylee O’Brian weeps inside her home, which was damaged by several fallen trees.

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Cutting away a tree that fell onto a vehicle in Panama City.

Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

A downed tree and power lines block a road in Panama City Beach.

A man walks past damaged trucks in Panama City.

Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Al Hancock and his dog Bandit amid the debris in front of his house in Panama City.

Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

A wind-whipped sign damaged by Hurricane Michael.

Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Little is left of these buildings after Hurricane Michael hit Panama City.

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The storm tore through this boat shed.

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Displaced road signage amid the ruins of a collapsed building.

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Walking through the wreckage in Panama City.

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The sun sets on a debris-littered Panama City street.

More Info: qz.com

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