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Fallen electrical poles block a road in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael on October 12, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Michael hit with such ferocity that parts of the Florida Panhandle resemble the site of a nuclear blast, rather than a weather event. The storm's full fury was reserved for a narrow strip of land between Panama City and Apalachicola, particularly the area in and around Mexico Beach.

The impact: Michael wreaked havoc in the region where the menacing, 12-mile-wide eye came ashore. As seen in satellite images, the storm's winds and surge were potent enough to create a new island, destroy an entire beach town and lay waste to a strategically valuable Tyndall Air Force Base.

Here's what Tyndall Air Force Base looked like before and after the storm. Note the loss of hangars, aircraft shelters, and entire buildings on the airfield and base itself.

Before and after images of Tyndall Air Force Base, located just east of Panama City, Florida. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

The damage to the hangars is even more apparent in a zoomed-in view. This is the first time such a base has taken a direct hit from a storm this powerful since Category 5 Hurricane Andrew struck Homestead, AFB in 1992. That base never fully recovered.

Damage to Tyndall AFB's infrastructure, including fighter jet shelters (top center). Satellite images ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company; NOAA.

Southwest of Tyndall, the hurricane created a new island. This is not unheard of with powerful hurricanes, but is still striking to witness.

A new island created out of the St. Joseph Peninsula, Florida. Images: NOAA.

Panama City, Florida, was exposed to some of the storm's fiercest winds within its towering eye wall, where clouds extended into the lower stratosphere, and air was rushing in to fill the void created by the extraordinarily low pressure at the center of the storm. The damage there is staggering, too.

Hurricane Michael ripped this Panama City neighborhood apart. Satellite image ©2018 DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company.

Go deeper: Our full Hurricane Michael coverage.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Trust in federal coronavirus response surges

Data: Axios/Ipsos survey; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Trust surged in the federal government since President Biden's inauguration when it comes to COVID-19 — but that's almost entirely because of Democrats gaining confidence, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: Americans reported the biggest improvement in their mental and emotional health since our survey began last March, and the highest trust levels since April about the federal government providing them accurate virus information and looking out for their best interests.

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.