Friday, August 13, 2004
The worst part of the storm in Miami-Dade County was last night. The day was cloudy and a bit windy, but luckily we were spared. The hurricane has claimed four lives in Jamaica and Cuba, who were hard hit. Most of the islands off the west coast of Florida were evacuated because they were right in Charley's path. Last I heard, Charley is a Category 4 hurricane, which is one step below hurricane Andrew. Compared to Andrew, Florida is now more prepared for these types of hurricanes. The public is informed well in advance because of new technology available. This prevents the lost of many lives and property. Unfortunately, there has been significant damage to the west coast of Florida. Many people are without homes tonight or have enough damage to their homes that they must stay at a shelter until the hurricane has passed. Hopefully, the worst is over.