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Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

Typical summer forecast 10 years after Charley

TBO.com staff

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Today marks the 10th anniversary that Hurricane Charley made landfall near Punta Gorda as a Catergory 4 storm.

The deadly, destructive storm was forecast to make a direct hit on Tampa Bay but unexpectedly turned east near Charlotte Harbor, catching millions off guard.

With that to reflect on, today’s regional forecast calls for considerably more typical summer weather.

There’s a 40 percent chance of scattered showers or thunderstorms forming, according to the National Weather Service. Rains chances increase a bit tonight.

Highs will be in the low 90s with lows in the high 70s.

Charley slammed southwest Florida on Aug. 13, 2004, near Cayo Costa, just north of Captiva. It was the strongest storm to hit the state since Andrew in 1992.

Damage in Florida was estimated at more than $14 million as the storm cut a swath through several counties, including Hardee, DeSoto, Osceola and Orange. Fourteen deaths in Charlotte County alone were blamed on the storm.

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