Wiped out. That’s how the Federal Emergency Management Agency described Mexico Beach, the Florida seaside resort town where Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10. Packing sustained winds of 155 mph, Michael pummeled Mexico Beach with a 9-foot storm surge, leveling homes and businesses in its path. By the time the storm finally cleared, it had tragically claimed 60 lives and some $11.28 billion in damages.
Miraculously, one beachfront home emerged from the storm practically unscathed, and in the weeks following, aerial photos of the house still standing amidst the destruction levied by the hurricane went viral on the internet. Websites like Popular Science detailed the home’s resilient engineering, and Coastal Living called the house an overnight symbol of storm strong construction.