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Hurricane Charley
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Charley before landfall in Florida
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

Costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricanes
Cost refers to total estimated property damage
Rank Hurricane Season Damage
1 Katrina 2005 &10000108000000000000000$108 billion
2 Sandy 2012 &10000071400000000000000$71.4 billion
3 Ike 2008 &10000029520000000000000$29.5 billion
4 Andrew 1992 &10000026500000000000000$26.5 billion
5 Wilma 2005 &10000021007000000000000$21 billion
6 Ivan 2004 &10000018820000000000000$18.8 billion
7 Irene 2011 &10000015600000000000000$15.6 billion
8 Charley 2004 &10000015113000000000000$15.1 billion
9 Rita 2005 &10000012037000000000000$12 billion
10 Frances 2004 &10000009507000000000000$9.51 billion
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.


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