NPR

Mexico Beach, Florida, Motel Owner Surveys Damage After Hurricane Michael

Charles Smith says the wind was so loud during the storm, he didn't hear his Gulf View Motel's roof get ripped off.
A view of the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on Oct. 14, 2018. (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump is visiting the Florida Panhandle on Monday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Michael last week. The small town of Mexico Beach was among the hardest hit.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Charles Smith, owner of the Gulf View Motel in Mexico Beach, about the damage.

“Right before it really hit, we had no [electricity], so I couldn’t see the TV,” Smith

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR5 min read
In Male-Dominated Pizza Circles, Women Are Grabbing A Bigger Slice Of The Pie
Men have long commanded the pizza-making scene, creating what one female champ calls a "macho problem." But that's starting to change as more women open pizzerias and gain recognition in the field.
NPR2 min read
The NPR Student Podcast Challenge Is Back!
Once again, NPR is challenging teachers to turn their classrooms into studios and their lessons into podcasts. Last year's contest drew nearly 6,000 entries from around the country.
NPR2 min readScience
Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk
Diabetes can double a person's chances of developing Alzheimer's. Now researchers are beginning to understand the role of brain metabolism in the development of the disease.