Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.
|Hurricane Charley over Orlando, FL in 2004|
Big storms coming soon...
Well, the wind is blowin' harder now
Fifty knots or there abouts,
There's white caps on the ocean.
And I'm watching for water spouts
It's time to close the shutters
It's time to go inside.
-- Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season by Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy's song captures the mood of hurricane season, but I think there really is no rhyme or reason to it. Living in Florida, we've had several brushes with hurricanes over the years. The usual pattern was that they would hug the east coast before making landfall and by the time they came to our area, they had weakened quite a bit. While we got a lot of wind and rain, we never got any major damage.
|Erin in the Today Newspaper|
|Downtown Orlando after Charley - This is a road!|
|Frances over Florida|
|Jeanne loops back to Florida|
- For Sale
The local newspaper columnist's article that day started out with "Jeanne is coming and I don't care anymore!" I think that about summed it up for everyone as we were all just weary at that point. This had all happened from August 13 - Sept. 25, so there was no time to recover between storms. People were caught off guard by Charley and prepared like crazy for Frances, but didn't do as much for Jeanne. Jeanne brought more wind and rain, but we came through OK. I'm hoping 2004 is the worst hurricane season that I'll ever see!
Full size views of the hurricane track images are at wikipedia's article on the 2004 hurricane season: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Atlantic_hurricane_seasonMore Orlando pictures of the 2004 hurricanes are available on the Orlando Sentinel website.