1. Tom Garcia looks at damaged apartments where his daughter and mother live (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Tom Garcia, Mexico Beach resident:
"I was in touch with my daughter at about 10:30 AM, about an hour and half before it really got bad, but it was bad then. and I said Kristen get Ma, you guys get into the bathroom. This is turning out to be something way different. She says, "We're already in the bathroom, couple of doors have blown open." She says, "Dad get down here." I'd parked my car in front of the house, in front of the front door, I said, "I can't walk to the car now." I couldn't do it. (gestures to his walker, as he suffers from osteoarthritis)
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Shockey, resident who stayed during storm:
" I can't believe that our houses - except mine - is gone. All my collectibles and everything. It's unbelievable, but that's the way it goes."
4. Shockey gestures to his damaged house next door to the porch where he's now sitting (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Shockey, resident who stayed during storm:
"Then Dave, I'm here, I'm alive and I need a place to sleep. So look out for me. Michelle, California, Renee, I'm ok. If you get this message, you can't call me. Everything is out in Mexico Beach, probably for days or for weeks. But I'm ok."
6. Damage at Mexico Beach (PARTIALLY COVERS UPCOMING SOUNDBITE)
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Al Cathey, mayor of Mexico Beach:
"We're a cozy family-oriented community. So many of these people have either been customers, or people I've known for years that come here. It's very difficult to see that we don't have anything. We're just...we hardly exist."
8. Houses knocked off stilts by swells (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hector Morales, resident who stayed during storm:
"No I lost everything. I lost my clothes, I lost everything. wallet, credit…everything everything, I am at zero, I gotta start from zero."
10. Destruction in Morales' neighborhood (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Goss, business owner in Mexico Beach:
"We haven't had cell phone services in a couple days now, no power, no internet. No way to connect with people other than walking around trying to find people. But this is unbelievable. This storm was...catastrophic is not even the word for it."
12. Various damaged coastal roads (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
Tom Garcia surveyed the damage to an apartment block on the coast road in Mexico Beach, Florida, pacing along in his walker through the debris on Friday.
He said he hadn't heard from his daughter and 90-year-old mother since Wednesday morning, when Hurricane Michael tore the small Gulf Coast community in the Florida Panhandle.
Search and rescue teams from south Florida combed through dozens of destroyed buildings, some knocked by the massive sea swells clean off their foundations, some obliterated altogether.
Mexico Beach described by its mayor, Al Cathey is a quiet "cozy, family oriented town," which he added " hardly exists" anymore.
No one in the town has cell phone service, phone service or internet.
Local 86-year-old man Bill Shockey stayed at his house when the storm hit and the hurricane swells crashed water 1500 feet inland, flooding his enitre house.
Hector Morales, a cook at a local restaurant, pointed to a boat tethered to a palm tree in front of a neighbor's house, by his old mobile home.
Morales squeezed out the door in flood water and swam with a dog to the boat and held on for dear life.
He says he's lost everything and he's now starting from zero.
Search-and-rescue teams found at least one body in Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said Friday as the scale of the storm's fury became ever clearer.
The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims in Mexico Beach.