I just spoke to Adam (AccordNSX) a few minutes ago. As alot of us know, he lives in Port Charlotte, Fl. Port Charlotte and nearby Punta Gorda were devastated when Hurricane Charley hit.
Adam has been living in Orlando the past few months with his brother while attending college. He drove back to his parents home in Port Charlotte before the storm hit. Most reports had projected the storm hitting further north than it did. I spoke to him at about 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon to see how he was making out. It wasn’t long after that that he lost power and then his house started to come apart. He and his family had to all huddle together and hide in a closet as the house was completely destroyed. He said it was a nightmare.
He also said the footage on TV does not come anywhere close to portraying the actual conditions. They will be without electricity for at least 2 weeks. There is no running water.
He called me from Sarasota which is about 40 minutes north of his home. He had to go that far just so he could get a cell phone signal. All of the towers are down.
I live on the east coast of Florida, near Fort Lauderdale and I lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I was lucky, it hit about 50 miles south of me. We sustained damage but were spared this degree of devastation.
Adam and everyone else in that part of the state are in for a rough time. I don’t know when I’ll speak to him next but I was very glad to hear he and his family were safe and I wanted to pass this information along to the forum community.
I think i speak for most all of us when i say we feel bad for him and all others that were struck by the devastation. Nature is one powerful mother (pun intended). I am fortunate enough to live in iowa where a hurricane is the last thing id see, but we do get tornadoes. I do not nor can i imagine the pain and inconvenience he and other citizens in his area are enduring. I wish him and all others luck in the days to come and thanks for their safety.
think on the bright side, leveled houses make neat trials courses.
seriously though, that’s terrible and i hope everyone weathers this storm OK. my only hurricane experience was a while ago when hurricane Iniki(sp) pounded the neighbor islands and we on oahu suffered no more than heavy winds and enormous surf.
Thanks for passing that along, Frank. I was wondering if you or Adam were hit by the storm. That really is going to be tough. It is hard to imagine how difficult it must be to get life back to normal when not only the homes, but also much of the infrastructure is wiped out.
We’re glad you were all okay.
If people want to help out, one way you can is by making a donation to the Red Cross. You can do this by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW.
I went through Hugo and it was a horrible experience, we didn’t have power or water for 2 weeks…it’s one of the longest 2 weeks of my life. I hope the rebuilding process gets along quickley down there for you Floridians. Our family has a vacation condo in Venice which is just north of Punta Gorda, we haven’t been able to confirm the condition of it yet but we figure it to be lost until we hear otherwise.
I’m heading out on the red-eye to Orlando tonight to work insurance claims for a week.
Doubt I’ll have time to ride but if you’re in the area send me a PM and I’ll send you my cell phone number.
All work and no play…