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Inside Hurricane Michael as it thrashed Florida during landfall

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As a Category 4 storm with peak winds at 155 mph, Hurricane Michael came ashore Wednesday afternoon just northwest of Mexico Beach, Fla. It battered northwest Florida and brought what the National Hurricane Center deemed a “dangerous storm surge” that inundated Apalachicola with a record-setting seven feet of ocean water.

Michael is the most intense hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle in the history of record-keeping. This is what those inside the storm saw and heard as Hurricane Michael made landfall.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Tallahassee, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Apalachicola, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Mexico Beach, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Panama City Beach, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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Panama City, Fla.

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