A boat on its side near Panama City, Fla., after Hurricane Michael on Oct. 11, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Glenn Fawcett)

Hurricane Michael: What If It Had Hit Tampa Bay?

Hurricane Michael barely grazed the edge of the Tampa Bay area on its way to flattening the small towns of the Florida Panhandle.

But what if Tampa Bay had been its target? What if the strong Category 4 storm had slammed into Belleair Shore instead of Mexico Beach? What if the Air Force base that it leveled was MacDill, not Tyndall?

The death toll would have been catastrophic, and the damage far greater than what occurred in the Panhandle, according to experts.

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times

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