Hurricane Michael cuts new inlet in St. Joseph Peninsula

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CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. (WMBB) – Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, forever changing the landscape of towns and beaches alike. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park was seriously damaged by the storm, and an inlet was created. 

The state park, which is north of Cape San Blas in south Gulf County, was severely damaged when Hurricane Michael tore through with swells of 15-25 feet, destroying the road and cutting a permanent inlet through the peninsula, allowing the gulf to flow into the bay. The tip of the peninsula is now an island, isolating the state park’s campground area. The state park is closed to the public because of the significant damage.

South of the peninsula, Cape San Blas is home to about 300 full time residents. About 30 rode out the storm there, and all are accounted for. Sand dunes there were obliterated by Michael:

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