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Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction in its wake after making landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday.

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The power of the fierce Category 4 storm is evident in dramatic footage showing demolished homes and submerged neighborhoods.

 

PHOTO: People take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.Gerald Herbert/AP
People take belongings from their destroyed home after several trees fell on the house during Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.more +

 

 

PHOTO: Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Storm damage is seen after Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

 

 

PHOTO: A woman inspects damage to her family property in the Panama City, Fla., after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Floridas Panhandle, Oct. 10, 2018.Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP
A woman inspects damage to her family property in the Panama City, Fla., after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida's Panhandle, Oct. 10, 2018.more +

 

Video from Apalachicola, Florida, shows dozens of abandoned vehicles submerged in water and other destruction left in the wake of the storm.

 

 

The winds were so strong they tore down a canopy over a Texaco gas pumping station in Inlet Beach.

 

 

 

In Panama City, a massive metal pole holding up a billboard toppled over, crushing a building below it.

 

 

 

The winds were strong enough to pierce the windshield of a car in Panama City Beach.

 

PHOTO: A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018. Gerald Herbert/AP
A woman checks on her vehicle as Hurricane Michael passes through in Panama City Beach, Fla., Oct. 10, 2018.

 

One building, seen in a photo posted by ABC affiliate WBMA from Tuscaloosa, appears to have crumbled beneath the hurricane's 150 mph winds.

 

 

ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee witnessed the storm surge at Mexico Beach push a house off its foundation.

 

 

 

Zee, who was in the eye wall of the storm for more than an hour, described an "incredible storm surge." Conditions were so bad that Zee and her team lost the ability to broadcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"All I can see is devastation," Zee said on ABC News' live broadcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Florida Daily News reporter Annie Blanks tweeted video footage of seawater flowing inside the Dewey Destin's seafood restaurant near Mexico Beach.

 

 

 

The Lanark Fire Department tweeted video of a terrifying storm surge creeping up the shore, bringing seawater into a carport of a beachfront home.

 

 

 

Strong waves overtook a boat ramp to Choctawhatchee Bay at Legion Park, a video posted to Instagram by Lars Rygaard shows.

 

 

 

Richard Fausset, and Atlanta-based reporter for The New York Times, posted a photo of a group of people huddling in a storage closet at his hotel in Panama City.

 

 

 

Fausset wrote that the "whole hotel is shuddering" like an earthquake.

 

 

 

Workers at the Walton County Animal Shelter were seen comforting dogs and cats up for adopting as they ride out the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael is the strongest hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since the mid-1800s, according to FEMA.

 

PHOTO: Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Waves crash along a pier from hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018, in Panama City Beach, Fla.

 

 

PHOTO: The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018, in Saint Marks, FLa.Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images
The Cooter Stew Cafe starts taking water in the town of Saint Marks as Hurricane Michael pushes the storm surge up the Wakulla and Saint Marks Rivers which come together here on Oct. 10, 2018, in Saint Marks, FLa.more +

 

The storm is moving north on Thursday, through Georgia, the Carolinas and beyond.