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Hurricane Jeanne, September 14th to 27th

  • Florida: 115mph, Martin County (U.S. deaths as of September 28th, 2004 is 6)

    • Palm Beach County: Many trees down & 1 million without power. Jupiter Inlet Colony residents lost roofs & overhangs. Many screen enclosures collapsed.
    • Martin County: Eye passes over with moderate damage.
    • Indian River County: Severe road damage reported along barrier island roadways. Roof tarps seen shredding. Indian River Boulevard nearly impassable for long stretches due to heavy flooding. Power lines dangling. The county sheriff's office lost most of its roof. Many businesses that were storage units, warehouses or airport hangars were completely destroyed, consistent with what would be seen with a category 3 hurricane.
    • St. Lucie County: Some roofs blown off homes. Many mobile homes damaged. School officials reported that schools suffered more severe damage during Hurricane Jeanne than Hurricane Frances. There are 6 school cafeterias with significant roof damage. St. Lucie County International Airport has experienced severe damage. Access to both North and South Hutchinson Islands has been cut by damage to bridges and I-95 southbound is closed near the Okeechobee Boulevard by a truck entangled in power lines. The Coast Guard has confirmed damage to the bridge railing where a car was seen going into the Indian River Lagoon Saturday.

  • Bahamas:

    • Grand Bahama Island: In Eight Mile Rock, the largest community on Grand Bahama Island, over 75 percent of the homes have suffered serious structural damage, with roofs partially or completely torn off. All shelters in Eight Mile Rock sustained structural damages and/or flooding. An unknown number of families were relocated and remain in shelters. The eastern half of the island has been cut off by storm surges and reports indicate significant flooding of homes, particularly along the coastline. In the city of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island, the airport was flooded but was reopened on Sunday.
    • Abaco Island: On September 25th, Hurricane Jeanne's eye passes over north part of island. 2nd hit in 3 weeks as Jeanne hits with 115mph winds. Treasure Cay International Airport, the facility has been extensively damaged by Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances. Flood waters rose to more than six feet in some areas and roofs were blown off of houses.

  • Haiti: Heavy flooding has 1,900 killed with many missing as of September 23rd, most flooding in northwest sections.
  • Dominican Republic (10 dead): 7 reported killed by floods. In Santo Domingo, a 4-month-old died when a landslide crushed part of her family's house, said Jose Luis German, spokesman for the country's National Emergency Committee. At least eight people were injured as trees toppled and floods struck parts of the east and northeast, officials said. Crashing waves pounded the north coast and winds battered trees.
  • Puerto Rico: Heavy flooding & 2 killed as Jeanne passes over with 70mph winds. Landslides have caused a large amount of damage to the exotic vegetation in the Caribbean National Forest, a rain forest known as "El Yunque," supervisor Pablo Cruz said. One Puerto Rican woman was killed Wednesday when winds flung her from a hammock and smashed her into a neighbor's house, and a man putting up storm shutters died when he fell from a roof, police said.

Hurricane Ivan, September 7th to 17th

  • Final landfall Alabama, 135mph (U.S. death toll, as of September 19th 11:00 a.m., is 49)
  • Virginia: 40 tornadoes reported. 25 homes destroyed.
  • Maryland: Two deaths from a tree that crashed into a home.
  • Macon County, North Carolina: Flood waters overturn trailer.
  • South Carolina:

    • Oconee County: Trees & power lines down with one tree down on home.
    • Saluda County: Tornado touchdown near Andrew Coleman Road & Hickory Grove Road. Damage to mobile home. Large barn destroyed on Hollywood School Road.
    • Laurens County: Tornado in southeast Laurens brings down some trees.

  • Georgia:

    • Elbert County: In Fortsonia many trees down & house damaged with 1 injured.
    • Franklin County: Damage at EMS station in Royston. Tornado causes tree to fall on car.
    • Cherokee County: Numerous homes & businesses flooded.
    • Madison County: Tornado rips shingles off some homes.
    • Candler County: Barn destroyed debris in streets.
    • Rabun County: Numerous trees down near Walhalla resulting in wide spread power outages.

  • Alabama:

    • Baldwin County: Heavy damage in most of county as eye moved in here.
    • Mobile: Some roof damage & sign damage, but overall not as bad as the east side of Mobile Bay.
    • Gulf Shores: Well after hurricane passes, area 1.5 miles inland from Gulf still under water. Beach communities report heavy damage. At Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, two or three beachfront condominiums that collapsed into the sand as if struck by missiles were described as an unusual disaster by Abby Sallenger, an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey. He said it was rare for condos to be brought down by the combined factors of storm surge, battering waves and winds that scoured foundations.
    • Orange Beach: Several of its condominium buildings were destroyed or severely damaged. Dozens more lacked roofs, windows and siding.

  • Florida:

    • Okaloosa County: Homes destroyed, streets underwater. Heavy beach damage.
    • Santa Rosa County: Reports high surge flooding. 8 year old girl dies from falling tree. A quarter-mile section of eastbound Interstate 10 bridge over Escambia Bay connecting Santa Rosa and Escambia counties was missing; the westbound section of I-10 was damaged but still standing, semi truck trapped in debris with driver killed. A roughly 30-foot section is missing from Bob Sikes Bridge, which is the bridge from Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach. The Garcon Point Bridge and the Pensacola Bay Bridge were closed because of structural damage. Pensacola Beach reports heavy damage to nearly half of homes.
    • Escambia County: 3 hospitals in Pensacola report damage. Most of the 70 schools sustained some damage. Reports of 70% of county under water at height of storm.
    • Bay County: Tornado touchdown kills 2 after hitting restaurant in Panama City. 200 plus homes heavily damaged.
    • Marion County: Tornado hits Dunnellon. One home destroyed.
    • Jackson County: Trailer park heavily damaged. 25 mobile homes destroyed. Commercial building destroyed, 6 cars destroyed.
    • Gulf County: Tornado damage in Beacon Hill.
    • Calhoun County: Several mobile homes destroyed, 4 fatalities.
    • Holmes County: Tornado destroys home.

  • Mississippi:

    • Biloxi: Biloxi memorial lost roof.
    • Lauderdale County: Building collapsed in downtown Meridian damaging cars. Numerous trees, power lines & signs down. In Toomsuba tree fell on church.
    • Lowndes County: Near Columbus, 50 large trees down, 8 down on houses. Numerous power lines down.
    • Jackson County: Cashiers received significant damage, many trees down.
    • Forrest County: 70 trees down in the area of Hattiesburg.
    • Jones County: Street lights & numerous trees down.
    • Clarke County: Numerous trees down.
    • Jasper County: Numerous trees down.
    • Monroe County: 18 inch diameter tree blown down.
    • Lee County: Antenna loaded with wires blows off house & electrocutes man.
    • Itawamba County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Noxubee County: 1 man killed as tree falls on him.
    • Lamar County: One tree destroys mobile home.

  • Caribbean: Total dead as of September 17th is 70.
  • Cayman Islands: 155 mph near Cayman Islands, September 12th

    • George Town: Roofs are flying off buildings downtown, windows of the Tower building are smashed in, roof and doors of Bank of America building are damaged or gone.
    • Grand Cayman: Reports coming in of heavy damage, even to well built homes. The government-run Radio Cayman is currently off the air as a result of damage to the building housing its studios, with floodwater 2 feet deep in the parking lot, according to Radio Cayman's news director. The hurricane force winds have torn roofs off and reportedly devastated homes, even in affluent, well-constructed neighborhoods. Vehicles parked in flood-prone areas are said to have "just disappeared." 2 feet of water on runway at main airport. An estimated 80 percent of the roof of Queensgate House, a waterfront commercial office building on the south side of the capital overlooking the harbor, has been blown off. There were unconfirmed reports that the roof had blown off the Kirk Servistar Home Center on Eastern Avenue. 7,500 homes damaged badly. Two of the major supermarkets suffered severe damage and one, Kirk Supermarket, has been completely demolished. According to an eyewitness report, "It looks as though a bomb went off inside it." Government has now revised its high estimate of homes damaged from 50 percent to 80 percent.
    • Prospect / Omega Bay area: They have no leaves on any bush or tree they can see. The canal rose 8 feet or more depositing their boats on the dock.

  • Jamaica: September 10th & 11th. 15 dead as of 11:00 p.m. ET September 12th. 120mph in southwest Caribbean. 150mph near Jamaica.

    • Portland Point: 3 women, a man & a baby as well as several others drowned in the storm surge.
    • Smokey Vale, St. Andrew (located in the hills near Kingston): Reports storm was terrifying. Observer stated that when he looks out to the flats below he sees major destruction all the way out to the coast.
    • Kingston: 2 deaths reported thus far, many trees down, some roof damage. In the height of the storm several heavily armed gangs of criminals were engaging the security forces in gun battles in Kingston, endangering the security forces' lives. The road to the airport was a muddy river strewn with refrigerators, downed trees, traffic lights. Downtown, 20-foot-tall trees were uprooted, some flung onto the roofs of cars. Porcelain tiles that decorated the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel were torn from the facade and smashed to shards. Airport reports no significant damage. 10 inches of rain as of Saturday morning.
    • Mavis Bank: Road past Papine is totally blocked by downed power lines and posts. The cell phones are out.
    • Mobay Cornwall and Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and Jubilee: Hospitals were damaged and patients had to be relocated.
    • St. Thomas: Reports heavy damage.
    • Windsor: Not one roof left, including the church which served as a shelter, people have nowhere to go and the winds and rain are pounding on. Allman Town in Kingston is flat.
    • Old Harbour: A 10-year-old girl drowned and a woman was killed in the capital by a tree that struck her home.
    • Montego Bay: The Barnett River overflowed its banks, putting some businesses four feet under water and flooding inland roads and farmlands. Drenching rain washed away the main northern coastal road, the A1, just outside Montego Bay. West guage shopping center roofs blown off businesses.
    • Clarendon: Flooding & trees down. Roofs off many buildings. Woman & man die in cottage.

  • Southwest Caribbean:

    • Aruba: South coast beaches report erosion. Island fared well, no major damage.
    • Saint Vincent: Many homes damaged, many by storm surge.
    • Saint Lucia: Several homes lost roofs.
    • Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago: Two schools in Tobago lost roofs.
    • Grenada: 90% of buildings heavily damaged. Widespread damage reported. 24 reported killed as of September 9th, 2004. Up to 75 convicts remained at large after about 150 of the prison's 325 inmates escaped when the storm damaged the prison. 60,000 out of the total 90,000 residents are homeless.
    • Barbados: Aircraft hangar housing Concorde jet roof lifted off. 221 homes damaged. 1 death reported.


Hurricane Frances, September 2nd to 6th

  • Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Maryland & West Virginia report heavy flooding from the remnants of Frances. Too many counties to note.
  • Virginia:

    • Augusta County: Heavy flooding.
    • Fluvanna County: Route 63 & Long Acre Road mobile home demolished, roof off house & trees down.

  • Robeson County, North Carolina: Power lines down, trees down, extensive structural damage.
  • South Carolina:

    • Anderson County: Trees down & shelter damaged by possible tornado.
    • Aiken County: 11 inches of rain.
    • Chesterfield County: 2 miles south of McBee, house collapsed with people inside. Mobile homes overturned. Trees & power lines down.

  • Georgia: Here are just some of the counties affected by Frances in Georgia.

    • Cherokee County: Widespread trees down, trailer destroyed.
    • Lamar County: Numerous trees & power lines down.
    • Putnam County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Carroll County: Several trees & power lines down.
    • Douglas County: 10 trees down in the county.
    • Johnson County: Numerous trees & power lines down.
    • Dodge County: Widespread trees & power lines down.
    • Peach County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Montgomery County: Several trees & power lines down.
    • Talbot County: Several trees down, power lines down, especially in Box Springs area.
    • Stewart County: Several trees down on roads.
    • Houston County: 15 trees down near Highway 96 & 41.
    • Laurens County: Several trees down in Dublin & Rentz.
    • Monroe County: Numerous trees & power lines down.
    • Toombs County: Several roads flooded.
    • Wheeler County: Several roads flooded. Widespread trees & power lines down.
    • Emanuel County: Some creeks overflowing banks. Two trees down.
    • Treutlen County: One road flooded, several creeks out of banks.
    • Dooly County: Extensive number of trees & power lines down.
    • Brantley County: 12.80 inches of rain.
    • Randolph County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Decatur County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Thomas County: Numerous trees & power lines down.
    • Berrien County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Grady County: Large tree fell on mobile home, several trees and power lines down in Thomasville.
    • Candler County: Water across Highway 46 East. Trees down.
    • Stevens County: Trees down on power lines.

  • Florida:

    • Clay County: 7 power boats, 6 sailboats, 1 houseboat destroyed & sunk by tornado. 32 foot boat picked up and tossed.
    • Lafayette County: Some trees & power lines down county wide.
    • Jefferson County: Trees & power lines down
    • Leon County: Numerous trees & power lines down. Several trees on houses.
    • Wakulla County: Trees & power lines down county wide.
    • Taylor County: Trees & power lines down county wide.
    • Madison County: Trees & power lines down.
    • Pinellas County: Three 25 foot trees uprooted. Light pole bent over.
    • Hillsborough County: Several large tree limbs come down in squall.
    • Sarasota County: Large tree down in squall.
    • Martin County: Martin Memorial Medical Center suffered heavy water damage. County's mosquito control hangars were destroyed. Pinewood Elementary school roof damaged.
    • Brevard County: Tree down at house on 810 Cedar Drive. Fences down, damage to car. Cape Canaveral Mercury Redstone rocket tipped over.
    • Miami-Dade County: 88,000 without power.
    • Broward County: 242,000 without power. Davie, a few mobile homes with minor damage. Cooper City, 15 trees uprooted along Stirling Road. Pompano Beach, downed trees, roof damage, estimated 60 mph winds.
    • Volusia County: New Smyrna Beach, heavy damage to coastal condos.
    • Palm Beach County: 610,000 without power. Riviera Beach, Veterans Affairs Medical Center hit hard. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, some roof damage. JFK Center facade blew in. Lake Worth Pier suffers heavy damage. Power plant suffered some damage. Delray Beach, fallen trees & downed power lines. Metal roof tiles flew hundreds of yards off the Seagate Hotel. Boca Raton, 1 man dies while driving into canal. Loxahatchee, Lion Country Safari, many trees down. Wellington, wide spread flooding. Lantana, Avalon Assisted Living facility evacuated as part of roof blows off.
    • Hendry County: Minor building damage.
    • Glades County: 4 roofs blown off houses.
    • St. Lucie County: Fort Pierce K-Mart on Virginia Avenue partially unroofed. Lady luck building collapsing into water. In Port St. Lucie, downed trees & roof damage. Fort Pierce, marina boats ended up on top of each other. Roof of Sunrise Theatre partially torn off. Some people taken to hospitals with injuries from falling debris. In Port St. Lucie siding peeled off trailers.
    • Indian River County: 3 to 4 mobile homes unroofed, numerous trees down. Wooden boardwalk on beach nowhere to be found. c.

  • Bahamas:

    • Grand Bahama: 6 foot storm surge reported, many evacuated. 1 man drowns in storm surge. Freeport Crowne Plaza Resort Hotel glass windows blown out.
    • Turks and Caicos Islands: Numerous trees down. Minor roof damage to some homes along Whitby Beach. Some roof damage, shingles, guttering, etc. On Providenciales, reports of two homes damaged but no one hurt or killed. There are about 10 utility poles down, but not major damage to the power grid.
    • Eleuthera Island: Understand Cookie's garage has sustained significant roof damage. Eye lasted 90 min in Governor's Harbour. Governor's reported worse winds after eye. Some roofs on Harbour are damaged, many trees down so far. Some roofs are gone and trees down but he was fine and so were his golf carts. The roof was off of the preschool.
    • Nassau: Some tree damage; report of 1 death: an 18-year-old boy who got electrocuted while trying to start a generator.
    • Exuma: Looks like minor damage Island wide; shingles, trees. Little Exuma and they are without power but have phones.
    • Harbour Island / Eleuthera: Many trees sustained damage. Roof damage throughout the island was reported, with maximum damage to the beach, as a lot of sand was reported to be washed out. Phones are still up. Not as bad as Andrew and Floyd at all.
    • San Salvador: Houses damaged in San Salvador. Island heavily hit.


Tropical Storm Gaston, August 29th, 70mph, South Carolina

  • Charleston County, South Carolina: Numerous trees & power lines down. 115,000 without power. Stacks of large cargo containers knocked down. One person hurt as tree falls on home. In McClellanville, flooding on Jeremy Creek Road. Trees & power lines are down on Old Georgetown Road. In Mount Pleasant Highway 41, 6-12 inches of water on roadway. Cooper Hall nursing home evacuated due to flooding. East Cooper Airport damaged by high winds. Peak gust 73mph before equipment destroyed. In Awendaw, 1/3 of residents have roof & siding damage. In Charleston Gulf road closed due to downed power lines. On Johns Island the airport had 42 knots with one hangar door destroyed.
  • Berkeley County, South Carolina: Numerous trees down & power lines down. Numerous roads flooded in the St. Stephen & surrounding areas. Evacuations due to flooding in Stay Navy Recreation Area. Flood waters entered 3 homes near Highway 45 & Carolina Road.
  • Dorchester County, South Carolina: Trees & power lines down. In Summerville railroad arms are bent on Ladson Road. Overall minimal property damage in county.
  • Florence County, South Carolina: Lake City trees down on parked cars at apartment complex.
  • Clarendon County, South Carolina: Tree down on house on 4th Street in Summerton. 7 inches of rain. In Manning, 5.00 inches.
  • Williamsburg County, South Carolina: In Kingstree, 9.85 inches of rain. Several roads flooded.
  • Dillon County, South Carolina: Trees & tombstones blown down by high winds.
  • Orangeburg, South Carolina: In Santee, 3.60 inches of rain.
  • Marlboro County: In Wallace, several trees down.

Hurricane Charley

  • Data gathered within 2 days after landfall, not updated for current situation.
  • Jamaica: 1 man killed during a rescue.
  • Cuba, landfall 110mph: Roof blown off homes. 4 known dead as of August 16th (110mph). Extensive flooding, 95% loss of banana crops.
  • Florida landfall, 145mph, Port Charlotte: Immediately after landfall 2 million without power in the state. Death toll as of August 17th, 2004 is 19.

    • Fort Myers: Roof blown off post office. 7 to 10 foot storm surge reported.
    • Cape Coral: Shingle damage.
    • DeSoto County: Roof torn off with 1200 inside. Entire county reports heavy damage.
    • Captiva: 160 homes destroyed and an additional 160 damaged.
    • North Fort Myers: Many trees down & shingles blown off.
    • Charlotte County: Extensive damage to airport. Numerous aircraft destroyed. 80% of mobile homes heavily damaged in Punta Gorda.
    • Volusia County: Tornado damage, roofs blown off. Roof blown off Sunshine Mall. Daytona Beach FAA tower reported sustained winds at 86mph, gusting to 97mph.
    • Lehigh Acres: Large tree down, signs down, roof flew into house.
    • Hardee County: Catastrophic damage, numerous injuries. Hospital out of service. Mobile home parks destroyed. Roof destroyed at hospital.
    • Polk County: Lake Wales hospital damaged and nursing home collapsed. Several mobile homes destroyed. Water tower collapses into power plant. In Bartow, water tower blown into electric substations.
    • Pinellas County: St. Pete Beach, 2 people struck by lightning. Fatalities unknown. Upham Beach area, 2 additional struck.
    • Lee County: Shingle roof damage. Sanibel Island reports heavy damage. 250,000 homes damaged.
    • Orange County: Orlando, gusts to 105mph reported. Orlando International Airport reports structural damage. 1 small child crushed by truck that fell on car.
    • Sarasota County: 2 killed.
    • Flagler County: Numerous trees down all over county. Isolated structural damage with sun room destroyed at home on Florida Park Drive. City of Bunnell reports. Power outage near 50%, isolated structural damage.
    • Collier County: Marco Island reports telephone poles down. Beaches report winds of 75mph. 84mph gusts measured before data connection lost.
    • Glades County: Buckhead Ridge, numerous tree limbs down across roads. Most damage in west part of county.
    • Brevard County, Scottsmoor: Large trees uprooted. Damage to mobile homes.
    • Hendry County: Devils Garden, tornado touchdown. Power lines & poles down. Minor roof damage to one home. Several large tree limbs broken off trees. Most damage in far west side of county.
    • Osceola County: Power lines down. Fire department lost roof.
    • Levy County: Chiefland, tornado touchdown, many trees down.
    • Pasco County: New Port Richey, numerous streets flooded.
    • Highlands County: North of Sebring, power lines down, tree through roof, 60mph winds. Radio tower knocked down.

  • South Carolina:

    • Horry County: Roof damage to a motel.
    • Berkeley County: Huger, Cainhoy and Shulerville has trees reported down.
    • Charleston County: Trees down on Highway 45 near McClellanville. Folly Beach, power poles down. Isle of Palms, trees down in various locations. Mount Pleasant, trees down on U.S. 17. A few awnings blown off homes.

  • North Carolina:

    • Brunswick County: Long Beach, 76mph roof blown off home. Bolivia, several pine trees down along Highway 17. Shallotte, numerous trees down.
    • Dare County: Kitty Hawk, water spout minor roof damage to house.
    • Craven County: New Bern, trees down between Highway 17 and Highway 43, vertical antenna blown down. Craven metal roof blown off covered walkway.
    • Onslow County: 60 to 70mph, numerous trees down & power outages. In Jacksonville, N.C., trees upwards of 1 foot in diameter blown down. Swansboro, trees & power lines down.
    • Tyrrell County: In Columbia, 1 mobile home in Middle Riverneck / Sound Road along with 1 foot diameter trees. In North Columbia, 2 large fuel tanks turned over, 2-3 buildings torn up.
    • Pitt County: Winterville, a tornado destroyed a barn & numerous trees down.


Unnamed Storm hit May 24th & 25th

  • Haiti: 2,400 homes destroyed.

    • Mapou, 30 miles southeast of Port-Au-Prince: Hundreds of bodies recovered & many buried under mudslides. Hundreds missing.
    • Fonds-Verrettes: Town under water, many killed & missing. Rushing waters and mudslides swept away most homes in Fonds-Verrettes, leaving it looking like a barren riverbed with stunned residents wandering about and asking troops for help.
    • Grand-Gosier, south: 100 bodies found, 50 found elsewhere.

  • Dominican Republic: Over 400 bodies recovered. Over 400 missing as of May 27th, 2004. 13,000 homeless.

    • Jimani, 100 miles east of Santo Domingo: Entire town flooded.


Hurricane Alex, hits August 3rd, Outer Banks, North Carolina

  • 10,000 without power immediately after Alex.
  • Ocracoke Island: Numerous homes flooded from the sounds during wind shift. The Hyde County Sheriff, L.B. Johnson, says at least 300 cars were flooded out and close to 4,000 tourists are stranded on Ocracoke Island. Some roofs blown off. Pamlico Sound rose three feet in about 30 minutes Tuesday morning at Ocracoke.