PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WDTN) — Hurricane Michael left behind devastation after making landfall near Panama City, Florida.
Hurricane-force winds ripped roofs off and tore down power lines, leaving a path of destruction as the storm moved to the northeast.
Dozens of buildings suffered damage, including the Holiday Inn on Panama City Beach, where high winds toppled trees ripped windows from their frames.
The hotel lost power, forcing employees to bring in a backup generator. Many people were inside the hotel when the storm hit, including several elderly people who needed power to operate medical equipment.
Other people came to the hotel immediately after the storm, looking for relief after trying to ride out the hurricane inside their homes.
“We knew it was going to be rough, but we didn’t realize it was going to be that rough,” said Tina Miller, who remained at her home with her family as the storm arrived.
Miller says she underestimated the storm’s strength.
“Actually, I think we had some tornadoes, because we were hearing some roaring sounds like a truck, or something, or a train, and when that happened, we could hear stuff just hitting the windows,” Miller said.
Miller says she brought her family to the hotel because it was safer than the area around her home.