As some may already know, a hurricane dubbed Frances hit the state of
Florida around Saturday, September 4, 2004, and lasted until about
Monday, September 6, 2004. Frances started out as a Category 4 out of 5
on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It hit the Bahamas full force; weakened to
a Category 2; and headed straight for Florida.
I experienced this hurricane first hand. Some might say, 'Category 2?
What's the big deal? Category 2 is weak.' That's what I thought at
first. I am so thankful it was not a 4 when her eye went straight over
my town. A Category 2 hurricane IS dangerous, no matter what some may
Frances did more damage than she ought to have, though, because she was
very, very slow moving. Since she lingered, the winds kept pounding and
pounding and pounding. The damage was more extensive than normal
hurricanes leave and the flooding is horrible. It is still flooded
where I live.
I drove through my town and nearby towns after the storm had passed,
and what I saw was not pretty. Trees down, signs bent and twisted,
fences bent over flat, roofs destroyed, and even gas station overhangs