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Before and after: Aerial photos show storm-ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base

A roof damaged by Hurricane Michael is shown in this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 12, 2018

Aerial photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provide a wrenching overview of the damage from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

The Category 4 storm, the strongest to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, mangled many buildings at Tyndall, located just outside Panama City, Fla., according to Air Force officials who reported “widespread catastrophic damage” primarily from winds that exceeded 150 mph.

“Team Tyndall, our base took a beating," Col. Brian Laidlaw, the 325th Fighter Wing’s commander, said in a message posted Thursday on the base Facebook page. The images of huge sections of roofs ripped off buildings, vehicles scattered and debris everywhere— show the extent of the damage.

The individual NOAA images were put together into a large mosaic, and those looking for a certain area of the base can zoom in for a closer view here. We've put together Google maps from before the storm and NOAA images of the same areas to show the damage.

Buildings before the storm

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Buildings after the storm

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Flightline area before the storm

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Flightline area after the storm

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Maxwell Flag Park before the storm

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Maxwell Flag Park after the storm

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According to the NOAA, the imagery was acquired by its Remote Sensing Division to support NOAA homeland security and emergency response requirements.

Other images and footage have been circulating after Tyndall, including aerial footage after the storm  on the WXChasing YouTube channel.

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An Associated Press photographer visited Tyndall on Thursday, capturing trees snapped like matchsticks and a damaged gate and hangar.

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Roofs of buildings at Tyndall Air Force Base were severely damaged by Hurricane Michael, as this photo shows.
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A damaged area along the flightline is shown in an aerial photo.
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At Maxwell Flag Park, home to a static display of planes, one plane is off its stand in images taken after Hurricane Michael.
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A servicemember stands guard at the damaged entrance to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in the aftermath of hurricane Michael. The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have stayed behind.
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An airplane hangar at Tyndall Air Force Base is damaged from hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
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Trees are snapped outside Tyndall Air Force Base from Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.
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