MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – Hurricane Michael devastated the small community of Mexico Beach as it made landfall Wednesday afternoon.
Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey says he’s never seen anything like it.
“I have watched it on television, thinking what others have experienced like in the Carolinas and Texas,” Cathey said. “But I’ve never, it is different when you walk out and see this, your emotions are run way, this is just a small, unique coastal community.”
Aerial footage shows a leveled landscape in the aftermath of the powerful Category 4 hurricane.
Mayor Cathey remains positive about the future of Mexico Beach.
“It’s heartbreaking, but yet the spirit of our town based on just the little quaintness and family feeling that we have, I think these people will come back, I think they enjoy the memories,” Cathey said.
Meanwhile, search and rescue teams are making their way through the community to look for victims. President Donald Trump announced that he will be traveling to the hard-hit areas of Florida and Georgia next week.
People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia. I will be visiting both Florida and Georgia early next week. We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit – we are with you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2018
Cell towers are still down in Mexico Beach and other parts of the Panhandle. If you’re trying to connect with loved ones you have some options: