Hours after hurricane Michael rampaged through Florida and Georgia, the clean-up has begun: but for residents of Mexico Beach, Florida, in Bay county, the clean-up is more or less a clearing-out: That’s because some residents say there is almost nothing left of the coastal town to put back together.
“This is total devastation,” resident Patricia Mulligan told CNN. “We didn’t think it was going to be this bad.” Mulligan said she survived hurricane Andrew in 1992, which had been a deadly major storm of the time.
“Same devastation. Same winds,” she said. “I would have to say at least as long as it did for Hurricane Andrew, and that took months and months. Could be even years.”
Everything imaginable is strewn along the beach shore, including remnants of a house that was thrown 100 yards and landed on its side.
“We had furniture in our house that wasn’t even ours,” another resident, Scott Boutwell said, explaining that when he returned to his home Thursday, the only belongings he could find was a briefcase.
“This was never in our imagination,” he said. “All the stores, all the restaurants, everything — there’s nothing left here anymore”, he said.
The destruction left behind in both states could total billions of dollars in damage–and remnants of the at-one-point nearly category 5 storm are now lashing North Carolina.
Hurricane Michael also disrupted oil production in the Gulf Of Mexico by nearly 40%, which could mean even higher gas prices are on the horizon: The average price of a gallon of regular fuel in the southeastern United States is currently $2.80.