9 heartbreaking Hurricane Michael photos remind us of nature's power

It's the first time a Category 4 hit this region. Ever.

  • Prepare yourself: Some of these images are simply gut-wrenching
  • The main landfall area, Mexico Beach, is almost entirely gone
  • Take heed, folks who might face something like it in the future: Many survivors say, "We should have left."

These are just some of the images left behind after hurricane Michael decimated parts of the Florida panhandle; these are from Mexico beach and Panama City, the hardest-hit areas. Some of the survivors are now saying they should have left. 

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Tom Bailey walks his bike past a home that was carried across a road and slammed up against a condo complex as Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Searching for survivors amid the destruction 

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Members of the South Florida Search and Rescue team search for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

South Florida Search and Rescue in Mexico Beach, Florida

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A member of the South Florida Search and Rescue team searches for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

Hurricane Michael completely removed roofs from houses

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A member of the South Florida Search and Rescue team searches for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

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A member of the South Florida Search and Rescue team searches for survivors in the destruction left after Hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 11, 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.

A teenager gathering water from a neighbor's fridge

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Gavin Conklin, 17, gathers water bottles from a neighbor's refrigerator after Hurricane Michael destroyed the home on October 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.

This woman was inside her home when the hurricane destroyed it

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Kathy Coy stands among what is left of her home after Hurricane Michael destroyed it on October 11, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. She said she was in the home when it was blown apart and is thankful to be alive.

Hurricane Michael was the most powerful southern storm in 100+ years

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A view of storm damage during Hurricane Michael October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. - Michael slammed into the Florida coast on October 10 as the most powerful storm to hit the southern US state in more than a century as officials warned it could wreak 'unimaginable devastation.'

Water vessels did not survive the storm

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Boats that were docked are seen in a pile of rubble after hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida.

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