Hurricane Michael came shore in North Florida's Mexico Beach on October 8, 2018. It was the strongest storm to hit the state's Forgotten Coast in a century, and one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the U.S.
Michael gained strength rapidly, leaving little time for people to evacuate. It has also exacerbated a housing crisis in a largely rural and poor region. Clean-up efforts are slowing, due to a lack of cash. Damage estimates are nearing $6 billion and recovery could take more than a decade.