A look at Mexico Beach a year-and-a-half after Hurricane Michael destroyed it

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Mexico Beach, Fl (WDHN)—As the 2020 Tropical Storm Season approaches, our WDHN news team has spent the week getting our viewers to storm ready.

In our final segment, Mike Gurspan takes us to Ground Zero where, on October 10th, 2018, Hurricane Michael’s 165 miles an hour sustained winds slammed into Mexico Beach.

The strongest storm on record to ever make landfall in Northwest Florida, and the fourth most powerful to ever hit the continental United States.
“To me it really is sad. Some days I have bad days. I try and stay happy. Mexico Beach was such a quaint little village and we’re
Hoping it can come back”, according to Peggy Wood who lost her 45-year-old motel “The Driftwood”.

“We cleaned up a lot and we have a lot of new construction. There’s a lot of business beginning to come back. Looking a lot better than it did a year-and-a-half
Ago,” says realtor Sally Childs

Reporter Mike Gurspan says “Just about a year before Hurrican Michael struck, one Mexico Beach resident built his two-story home to withstand an EF-4 tornado. Some of
his neighbors thought he was crazy, but who is laughing now.”

“I lost one gutter, two down-spouts at my Mexico Beach summer home, and there were three cracked windows for structure, and we everything else was the storm surge,”
says Delta Airline pilot and Atlanta resident Paul Jackson.
Covering local news first in Mexico Beach, Florida, Mike Gurspan WDHN News.

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