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Beleaguered residents document Hurricane Michael’s destruction on social media

When Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle it left devastation in its wake. It also marked the first time that area had seen such a powerful storm since hurricane tracking began in 1851, according to the National Weather Service.

On social media, folks who decided to withstand the storm captured heartbreaking images of the damage Michael wreaked on the towns and homes in its path.

Here we’ve collected a few of the videos taken during over the past few days that folks posted to their social media accounts. For more coverage, also check out the photos and video taken by Times staff as they traveled into the communities affected by the storm.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm. By the time the eye of the storm had come ashore, storm surge and sustained wind speeds of 155 mph had already torn apart property.

A storm chasing crew took footage of the devastation wrought by Michael across Mexico Beach.

More footage shows debris as it flows across the streets.

Northeast along the coastline from Mexico Beach sits Panama City, which was also devastated by the storm. Storm surge and massive tidal flooding brought water through the city streets.

It will take time for the total cost of the storm to be calculated, but for many people living in the Panhandle their homes and livelihoods have already suffered.

On Facebook, one woman caught video of a tree uprooted from the force of the winds.

Another user was recording the storm surge when a transformer near his location exploded billowing smoke up into the storm.

Much of St. George Island, off the coast of Apalachicola, suffered heavy damage.

But now Michael has continued northeast, leaving Floridians to recover.

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