LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just a few hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle, Destin Mayor Gary Jarvis spoke with WDRB News about the damage left behind at the popular vacation destination.
Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael tore away tree limbs and sent pieces of buildings flying Wednesday as it closed in on the area with potentially catastrophic winds of 150 mph and towering storm surge.
"We really feel blessed," Jarvis said. "We've had some limited power outages here, some lowland coastal flooding."
The Panama City area saw significant wind damage as roofs were blown off numerous building, while some building crumbled down altogether. But nearby in Destin, Jarvis said that while there has been some beach erosion, it could have been much worse.
"It's been a very profitable fall season, and we have people that are scheduled to come in Destin this weekend," he said. "So hopefully we can overcome the challenges and get this community ready for our guests and get back in business.
"I can't say that's gonna be the case for folks from probably Rosemary Beach eastward. Their damage is going to take them weeks."
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