Video shows garage destroyed by Hurricane Michael full of classic cars

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A video posted to YouTube showed a Panama City, Florida garage full of classic cars that was destroyed by Hurricane Michael.

An eight-hour live stream showed the entire side of the building had been torn open on a business about 20 miles from where the Category 4 storm made landfall. The damage can be seen at 7:36 in the video.

Inside the building appeared to be a small fortune in collector cars. The most clearly visible are what appears to be a Ford F100 from the 1950s and a silver Austin Healey, along with a classic Mini, and a newer Porsche and Fiat 500.

It also appeared that a Ford GT may be in the garage. The top of the car’s telltale silhouette looks to be visible over the debris. The blue-and-orange paint could indicate the GT is a Heritage Edition worth a possible $500,000 at auction.

Given the external damage shown on the video, the cars do not look unredeemable. The Austin Healey could have a ruined interior because the top was down in the driving rainstorm, and the F100 looks like it has some sort of front-end damage. The other cars in the garage seem to have varying degrees of damage.

The cars may also have been affected by flooding, as happened in other large storms.

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The name of the auto business was not immediately known. A Google search revealed multiple names associated with the location, and calls to nearby businesses did not go through.

Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle late last week. The storm made landfall in Mexico Beach and nearby communities — including Panama City — were hit incredibly hard.

News footage showed homes and businesses with massive holes in their roofs and huge trees uprooted. Some beachside homes were totally obliterated. More than 1 million people were without power over the weekend, but that number had decreased by Monday.

The storm killed at least 18 people in four states, although officials were still searching the widespread wreckage.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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