Hurricane Charley made landfall on the Southwest coast of Florida near Cayo Costa, just west of Ft. Myers around 345 pm EDT on August 13, 2004. A second landfall occurred an hour later near Punta Gorda. Maximum sustained surface winds were near 150 mph during the 1st landfall making Charley a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Charley caused ten direct fatalities in the U.S. and an estimated $14 billion in economic losses.
Data source: NOAA
The Storm Report’s Own Meteorologist Sally Russell covered the storm on the radio and had a personal interest in the track as well. The storm was headed dangerously close to her hometown in SW Florida. I asked Sally to give her perspective on this small but intense hurricane.