VIDEO: Helicopter tour of Mexico Beach, “It’s gone”

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At least two people are dead and more than half-a-million people are without power after hurricane Michael moved ashore Wednesday at category four strength.

The small Gulf Coast community of Mexico Beach was known as a slice of old Florida.

Now it lies in splinters.

Hit head-on by Hurricane Michael, homes in the town of about 1,190 people were shattered or ripped from their foundations. Boats were tossed like toys. The streets closest to the water looked as if a bomb had gone off.

What the 9-foot storm surge didn’t destroy, the winds finished off. The storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon in nearby Mexico Beach, with 155 mile per hour winds.

Now, rescuers and residents are struggling to get into the ground-zero town to assess the damage and search for the hundreds of people believed to have stayed behind.

It’s the strongest hurricane in recorded history to hit the Florida panhandle.

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