WATCH: Hurricane Charley, 11 Years Later
Eleven years ago today, Hurricane Charley devastated southwest Florida with 150 mile-per-hour sustained winds as it moved ashore near Punta Gorda, Florida, killing 15 people and causing over $16 billion dollars’ worth of damage.
Charley made landfall as a potent Category 4 storm, doing so at 4:45pm EDT on August 13th, 2004. Rain totals peaked near eight inches in Naples, but it was the wind that lashed much of the Sunshine State. Orlando recorded an 105 MPH wind gust, while Punta Gorda saw the highest recorded wind gust at 112 MPH, although gusts in non-official locations were almost certainly far higher.
WeatherNation’s John Van Pelt was on the scene in Punta Gorda on that fateful day over a decade ago, and make sure to check out his video on this page for some of the incredible sights and sounds from Charley.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Chris Bianchi
(Video: John Van Pelt)