Hurricane Charley

Hurricane Charley
Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Charley before landfall in Florida
FormedAugust 9, 2004
DissipatedAugust 15, 2004
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 150 mph (240 km/h)
Lowest pressure941 mbar (hPa); 27.79 inHg
Damage$16.3 billion (2004 USD)
Areas affectedJamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina
Part of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Charley was the second hurricane and also the second major hurricane (category 3+) of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15. Its strongest winds were 150 mph (240 km/h), classifying it as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew, twelve years earlier. In the United States, Charley caused ten deaths and $15.4 billion in damage (2004 USD).

The destruction from Hurricane Charley

Costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricanes
Cost refers to total estimated property damage
Rank Hurricane Season Damage
1 Katrina 2005 Template:Ntsp
2 Sandy 2012 Template:Ntsp
3 Ike 2008 Template:Ntsp
4 Andrew 1992 Template:Ntsp
5 Wilma 2005 Template:Ntsp
6 Ivan 2004 Template:Ntsp
7 Irene 2011 Template:Ntsp
8 Charley 2004 Template:Ntsp
9 Rita 2005 Template:Ntsp
10 Frances 2004 Template:Ntsp
Source: National Hurricane Center[1][2][3][nb 1]

Charley did its damage in a very similar manner to Andrew: high winds caused almost all the damage, and both storms made landfall at low tide, preventing the storm surges from causing damage like they usually do when hurricanes make landfall. Both were compact storms upon landfall.


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  1. All damage figures are in USD amounts of their respective year.