Early reports from the base confirm significant structural damage.
Hurricane Michael's siege of the Florida Panhandle has devastated Tyndall Airforce Base.
Tyndall took to Facebook Wednesday evening to report that the “catastrophic” storm delivered a direct hit to the base, taking down trees and power lines, tearing roofs off of buildings and causing significant structural damage.
Tyndall occupies roughly 15 square miles between Panama City and Mexico Beach—the Florida towns that bore the brunt of the Category 4 storm. A weather station near the base recorded a wind gust of 130 miles per hour before it failed.
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Returning to Facebook Thursday morning, the base shared that recovery teams have begun initial assessments of the base. They found widespread catastrophic damage across the facility as well as widespread roof damage to nearly every home on base. One video shows an upside-down fighter jet in the middle of fallen trees.
Luckily, Tyndall declared a mandatory evacuation order on Monday, which remains in effect. So far, no injuries have been reported.
Tyndall currently has 3,672 active duty servicemembers, 4,551 family members, 2,799 civilians, and 9,257 retirees. The base is home to the 325th Fighter Wing of the US Air Force and is a main training hub for F-22, F-15, and F-35A jets.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people impacted by this historic storm. To help this impacted by this tragic storm, please donate directly to the Florida Disaster Fund.