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August 13, 2004

Hurricane Charley Makes Landfall On Florida’s West Coast As Category 4; About 1 Million People Without Power, After Same Number Ordered To Evacuate; Charley Expected To Make 2nd Landfall In Carolinas Saturday

Hurricane Charley made landfall near Port Charlotte, Florida, southwest of Fort Myers, and about 160 miles southeast of Tampa, at 3:45 p.m. EDT Friday as a major hurricane (Category 4) with at least 145 mph maximum sustained winds and gusts to 165 mph. At 7 p.m. EDT Friday, Charley had maximum sustained winds near 115 mph, and at 11 p.m. EDT, Charley was down to 85 mph winds just as he re-entered the Atlantic Ocean east of Jacksonville after moving through Orlando and Daytona Beach. About one million residents in Florida were without power by Friday afternoon. The same number of residents and visitors were ordered Thursday to evacuate low-lying areas because of Charley. The largest hurricane to hit the U.S. in 12 years left behind a trail of destruction, including flooding, and downed trees, homes and businesses. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings covered all of Florida, except the Panhandle, Friday. Some resources:

Charley visible at the bottom of our home page’s satellite/radar: (This image from 5 p.m. EDT Friday):

Radar, 5 p.m. EDT Friday. Click to visit full radar on WXnation.com home page

More info on Hurricane Charley from 11 p.m. EDT Friday: Some strengthening forecast in next 24 hours. Moving NNE at 25 mph.

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