Marianna, the city of southern charm, saw Hurricane Michael pass directly through, leaving behind shredded bricks and a matted mess of tangled cables
Theres an unmistakable scent of barbecue and pine down Kelson Avenue in Marianna, Florida, and the faint hum and buzz of generators and chainsaws all around. On the corner, residents of an apartment complex have pooled the remaining meat in their fridge and freezers to cook.
Your food is gonna go bad so we might as well cook it, said Robert Hill. Plus it brings you closer as a community.
Marianna, the city of southern charm, saw Hurricane Michaels destructive eye wall pass directly overhead this week, lashing trees into kindling, tearing roofs and awnings, punching through signs and leaving the citys power grid a matted mess of tangled cable.
Its like a bomb hit, everywhere you look its just devastation, said Hill who, amid the muted celebratory feeling of the impromptu cookout, had an ominous warning. Today is the best day were going to have. Tomorrow is going to be rough, Hill said. We just used the food that was in the freezer, so tomorrow its not gonna be there. The stores not gonna be open and you wont be able to get cash out the ATM neither.
Not a single store appeared to be open in the city on Thursday, with the downtown corridor of Lafayette Street utterly in tatters. On one corner, a brick building housing an Edward Jones financial office had its bricks shredded by Michael, in a heap on the pavement, with most of the second story obliterated. Multiple building faces had been ripped clear off, now resembling doll houses, and revealing floors bowed by Michaels destructive power.