The “mean season” began 12 years ago this week with Hurricane Charley
In 2004, Florida was ripped by four hurricanes that left a lasting impression.
The season, which would come to be called the “mean season”, began with Hurricane Charley, which made landfall 12 years ago Saturday.
Front pages of The Palm Beach Post during the storms. (The Palm Beach Post)
Charley hit Punta Gorda as a devastating Category 4 storm. But three more storms followed. Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast were hit twice.
The Palm Beach Post later published a book titled Mean Season, Florida’s Hurricanes of 2004.
Here’s the story I wrote after a Palm Beach Post photographer and I were caught off guard and trapped on Fort Myers Beach.
People on Fort Myers Beach drag a manatee down Estero Blvd. that was stranded out of water on Pearl Street after hurricane Charley passed through on Fort Myers Beach Friday. The manatee was released into a local waterway and swam away. Staff Photo by Gary Coronado