On Friday afternoon, Jimmy Patronis stood in front of the wreckage of his childhood memories and talked to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

A Panama City Beach native who represented the area in the state House before appointed last year to be the state’s Chief Financial Officer, Patronis used as a backdrop his storm-ravaged junior high school to address the unprecedented devastation Hurricane Michael brought to his hometown.

“You’re not supposed to come home and see your town gone … to see everything that meant something to you all in a pile of rubble,” he said, voice cracking under the weight of emotion.

“What I’m standing in front of right now is the junior high school I went to,” Patronis said.

“I played basketball in that gymnasium. I was in shop class right next to it, and it’s no more” he said. “This is just a snapshot of what Panama City is like. Panama City, Mexico Beach, Apalachicola … it’s been scraped off the map.”

Patronis continued: “Our two primary hospitals, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Bay Med. My children were born at Gulf Coast. I was born in Bay Med.”

“They have suffered catastrophic failures

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