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Hurricane Charley Validates New Building Code

Properties built since Andrew fared much better than older buildings in high wind

Hurricane Charley will be closely studied for a very long time to come. Its behavior took even the most seasoned forecasters at the National Hurricane Center by surprise. Not only did Charley make an unexpected turn as it approached the coast, but it intensified at an astounding rate.

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, Charley was on a path heading directly for the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Shortly thereafter, the storm shifted to a more easterly track and intensified significantly. A few hours later, Charley made landfall near Sanibel Island and Port Charlotte and proceeded to cut a narrow path of destruction across Florida.

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