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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

One year ago.....

Hurricane Wilma came through South Florida.

You can still see it in the plywood covering the windows that used to show off an ocean view.

In the shiny new fences all over South Florida's eastern neighborhoods.

In the blue tarps that still -- still -- cover some rooftops.

In the naked swales where shade trees used to be.

Wilma was here.

One year ago today, a storm that at one point was the most intense ever recorded in the Atlantic basin roared ashore south of Naples as a Category 3 hurricane. It struck Broward and Miami-Dade counties as a Category 2 storm, although its ferocity varied from place to place.

Shingles and roof tiles flew. Trees toppled. Forty people died in Florida, most in the days after the storm (three died preparing for it).

Nearly 6 million people lost electricity in the most widespread power outage in Florida history -- some for more than three weeks.

The storm caused $14.4 billion in damage statewide, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Broward County estimated its total damage at $1.2 billion. Miami-Dade put its figure at $2 billion.

If you're feeling nostalgic for some of my Wilma coverage, read posts here, here and here.

Wilma was the perfect storm to smash South Florida. There was no where to run to, unlike with Francis or Jeanne that came here in 2004. TFM made it through the storm but with $2800 of roof damage and 11 days without electricity afterwards. If I go 27 more years of residing in Florida without a hurricane(I went 28 from 1976-2004) I'll be a happy man. Does that mean I'm not a masochist?

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