Hurricane Charley facts for kids
|Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||August 9, 2004|
|Dissipated||August 15, 2004|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 150 mph (240 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||941 mbar (hPa); 27.79 inHg|
|Damage||$16.3 billion (2004 USD)|
|Areas affected||Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina|
|Part of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Charley was the second hurricane and also the second major hurricane (category 3+) of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15. Its strongest winds were 150 mph (240 km/h), classifying it as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew, twelve years earlier. In the United States, Charley caused ten deaths and $15.4 billion in damage (2004 USD).
The destruction from Hurricane Charley
|Source: National Hurricane Center|
Charley did its damage in a very similar manner to Andrew: high winds caused almost all the damage, and both storms made landfall at low tide, preventing the storm surges from causing damage like they usually do when hurricanes make landfall. Both were compact storms upon landfall.
Images for kids
Charley rapidly intensifying as it approached Florida on August 13
Charley making landfall on August 13, 2004
Damage in Captiva Island
Damage caused to a gas station by Hurricane Charley in Kissimmee, Florida.
Aerial image of destroyed homes in Punta Gorda
Empty railroad hopper cars toppled over as a result of high winds from Hurricane Charley in Fort Meade
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