Well, we just went through the center of Charley here in Casselberry (25 miles N of Orlando). Winds were extremely severe for over an hour (local mets measured 80-90mph in my home-town). The wind has now died down considerably, tho the rain is still very heavy. Through the storm, we hunkered down in a hallway, hearing loud thumps strike the walls and roof of my house repeatedly. With the storm lessening, I just went outside to check out the damage. I was stunned by the severity. I no longer have a fence around the pool in my backyard. Large trees are down all around, some uprooted, others snapped off. Shingles from a neighbor's house are strewn all over the street. The rain was torrential...and much of my neighborhood is knee-deep in water. While I was outside, a transformer in the next street exploded...sounded like repeated rifle shots with bright blue flashing. Surprisingly, I did not lose the electricity. All the power lines in my immediate neighborhood are underground. Historically, we have been very lucky to keep power in even the most extreme storms. As I write this, the winds have picked up again, though not as intense as earlier. All in all, we were very lucky with Charley. The house structure is intact....though one window leaked quite badly. I'll upload some damage pics in the morning when the sun comes up.
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