Hurricane Charley

On Friday, August 13th, 2004, a category 4 hurricane named Charley made landfall with the Southwest coast of Florida near Punta Gorda, and proceeded to cut a swath of destruction through the Central Florida area. The eye of the storm reached Orlando at approximately 8:30 PM.

As luck would have it, we were in New York City that weekend, celebrating a family birthday. When we returned to our home on Sunday the 15th, we found that a large and valued oak tree had blown down in the back yard, narrowly missing the house, clipping the garage, and demolishing a shed and fencing, and also snapping our power lines off at the riser.

Our power was out for a full week, and the tree was chopped up an removed on the Friday following the storm; so, our recovery is well under way. The debris from the storm forms a 4' high barrier all along our street, in front of just about every house, and our street is typical of the many Orlando neighborhoods that were damaged the worst.

Tree down in the back yard