‘It was life or death’: Face-to-face with Michael’s fury

  • Hector Morales sits on a debris pile near his home which was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. “I have nothing else to do. I’m just waiting,” said Morales as he wonders what he will do next. “I lost everything.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Hector Morales, left, is hugged by friend Matthew Goss, a fisherman, as they reunite after Hurricane Michael which destroyed Morales’ home and Goss’ boat in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Hector Morales sits on a debris pile near his home which was destroyed by hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. “I have nothing else to do. I’m just waiting,” said Morales as he wonders what he will do next. “I lost everything.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Tom Garcia watched in terror as fingers of water pushed inland across the beach and began filling up his home.

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