PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WALA) - We took the FOX10 News Drone to Panama City and Panama City Beach Thursday, flying it above the devastated area.
FOX10 Engineer Lanier Byrd, flying the drone, was able to provide unforgettable views of damage to homes and businesses, left by Hurricane Michael.
First, the drone flew over a neighborhood on Palmetto Street, near Highway 98 in Panama City. As you can see, many of the rooftops severely damaged, debris, spilling into yards.
But it’s the “tree top view” of the trees themselves, which surround the neighborhood, which is so striking. They’re stripped, bent, snapped. Some just yanked out of the ground like someone pulling carrots out of a garden. Many of those trees falling onto houses and out buildings.
Not far away are some commercial buildings facing Highway 98. It looks like someone just picked the building up and shook it. Look at the rooftop air conditioning units, tossed around like kid’s blocks.
Then there was the converted convenience store in Panama Beach, Michael rippled the roof a bit, but the real damage was found around the corner. The old canopy, which covered the gas pumps, was ripped out of the concrete, and tossed aside.
The FOX10 News Drone then checked out the Goodwill Distribution Center. The roof looked like it was in good shape, until you saw where Michael had ripped off part of the front of the building, leaving a gaping hole. Debris scattered in the parking lot. It may be awhile before this Goodwill center can help anyone else.