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On August 13, 2004, at approximately 3:45 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Charley
made landfall at Cayo Costa, a Gulf of Mexico barrier island west of Cape
Coral, Florida, as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds estimated at 145
mph.1 Charley was the strongest hurricane to
make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Andrew in August 1992.2 Charley created a 7-foot storm surge in Fort Myers,
then traversed the state in 9 hours, continuing in a northeast direction across
eight counties. This report presents preliminary data from Florida medical
examiners (MEs), which indicated that 31 deaths were associated with Hurricane
Charley. Deaths might be reduced through coordinated hurricane planning, focused
evacuations, and advance communication to the public regarding the environmental
hazards after a natural disaster.
Preliminary Medical Examiner Reports of Mortality Associated With Hurricane Charley—Florida, 2004. JAMA. 2004;292(17):2075–2076. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.292.17.2075
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