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The house built for 'the big one': Incredible picture shows solitary beachfront mansion that withstood the wrath of Hurricane Michael while EVERY other home on the block was smashed to pieces - as the owners reveal their secret (6 Pics)

Amazing photographs from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael show a house that managed to emerge relatively unscathed while the other homes were left a pile of rubble.
The Sand Palace, a beachfront home in Mexico Beach, Florida, is still standing - though it did incur damage as a result of the storm.
The three-floor home’s ground floor was destroyed, as was the staircase leading to the middle floor.
A few windows were knocked out and damage was also done to the shower.
The force of the hurricane also damaged the utilities, which will have to be redone.
But the physical integrity of the structure is largely intact - a far cry from the fate met by their neighbors.
Amazing photographs from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael show a house that managed to emerge relatively unscathed while the other homes were left a pile of rubble
The Sand Palace, a beachfront home in Mexico Beach, Florida, is still standing - though it did incur damage as a result of the storm. The above photo is a stock image of the home
Russell King, a 68-year-old lawyer who lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, rents out the property whenever he and his family don’t use it. The above photo is a stock image from inside the home
King fortified the home so that it would resist wind gusts of up to 250 miles per hour. The above image is an undated stock photo from inside the home
Though King wouldn’t say how much money he spent to fortify his home, it is estimated to be in the area of $30,000. The property itself is assessed to be worth $400,000, according to The New York Times
‘We can clean this up in a month,’ said the home owner, Russell King, told The New York Times.
‘But other folks, I don’t know. Look at what these people suffered.’
King, a 68-year-old lawyer who lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, rents out the property whenever he and his family don’t use it.
Like many in Mexico Beach, nobody could have predicted that a Category 4 hurricane would directly hit the town.
‘I said, “It’ll veer off. They always do. They go to Cancun or someplace”,’ King said.
Unfortunately for the town, this did not happen.
Most of the homes built in Mexico Beach were constructed in the 1970s.
Since those days, hurricanes have become more powerful.
King took notice. That’s why last year when he finished building his dream home he made sure that it would be resistant to wind gusts as strong as 250 miles per hour.
Though King wouldn’t say how much money he spent to fortify his home, it is estimated to be in the area of $30,000.
The property itself is assessed to be worth $400,000, according to the Times.
The home is built with reinforced concrete. It has also been elevated on tall pilings so that storm surge would pass underneath and do little damage.
‘We wanted to build it for the big one,’ he said.
‘We just never knew we’d find the big one so fast.’ 
King said he believes climate change is a major factor causing the increasingly destructive storms that will make it harder to live near the coasts in future decades.
'I believe the planet’s getting warmer and the storms are getting stronger,' said King. 
'We didn’t used to have storms like this. So people who live on the coast have to be ready for it.'

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