With Hurricane Michael coming ashore in nearby Mexico Beach, T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park felt its full force. The park, located on Cape San Blas between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay, experienced massive winds and waves. Roads, campgrounds and buildings were demolished and sand buried entire portions of the park. The storm surge was so powerful, it created two inlets, cutting through the park and connecting the bay and the gulf. With one inlet more than 20-feet deep, portions of the park are now only accessible by boat. The powerful storm recreated the landscape in this portion of Florida.
Hurricane Michael created two new inlets, cutting off parts of the park from the rest of peninsula.
The flooding from Hurricane Michael and the storm surge caused major damage to all the roads.
Debris left by the storm is scattered throughout the grounds.
Strong winds and storm surge took down power lines, leveled structures and caused major erosion.
Park residences and buildings were demolished by the storm's winds and water.
Sand buried vegetation as the dunes absorbed the direct impact of the hurricane.