• Getting ready

    On Thursday, August 12th 2004 we are ready for Charley, the house is boarded up. We will stay in the house (with no phone or internet access) until the storm has passed. Charley is supposed to make landfall way north of us, in the Tampa Bay area. All we c…

  • Boarded up

    This was one of the last pictures I had uploaded before the storm. * * * Das war eins der letzten Fotos, das ich vor dem Sturm hochgeladen hatte.

  • Hurricane shutters

    The lanai is completely closed in. Only the pool cage is unprotected. * * * Die Terrasse ist komplett zu, nur der Poolkäfig ist ungeschützt.


  • Calm before the storm

    It took several hours to board up the house. Every single window had hurricane shutters for protection. * * * Ruhe vor dem Sturm Es dauert einige Stunden, die Hurrikan-Shutters anzubringen. Jedes einzelne Fenster ist geschützt.

  • Friday the 13th

    First look out of the door. The good news: After 3 days we finally had power again! We are ok. We feel extremely lucky. * * * Erster Blick aus der Eingangstür. Die gute Nachricht: Nach 3 Tagen hatten wir endlich wieder Strom! Uns geht es…

  • Front Yard

    In the evening of Friday the 13th we found this huge tree in our front yard. It used to grow in the parking lot of the church across the street. One of their roof shingles tore up our screened entry (see previous picture), another one cut one of our fro…


  • Front yard

    Friday the 13th: There were snapped trees and roof shingles everywhere in the soggy front yards. * * * Freitag der Dreizehnte: Überall in den matschigen Vorgärten lagen Teile von Bäumen und Stücke von Dachpappe.

  • Neighbors having a first look

    As soon as the storm seemed to be over shortly after 7 pm (it had started 2:30 am the night before with the scariest thunderstorm I ever witnessed, triggered by the outer bands of Charley) many of our neighbors who had stayed here came out to survey the d…

  • The neighbor's poolcage

    Our palm tree was leaning dangerously close to what was remaining of our neighbor`s pool cage. It got cut down this morning without creating further damage. Their palm tree is still leaning over the canal in the background. It takes a special company to…


  • Lovey

    Our neighbor`s dog Lovey didn`t seem to mind ;-) * * * Lovey war ziemlich unbeeindruckt ;-)

  • Main streets after the hurricane

    Saturday we went to check the condo we had just bought. The remaining traffic lights didn`t work. Most of the town was without power since 2:30pm Friday. The main streets were cleared of a lot of debris. I learned that intersections without taffic lig…

  • POTS

    Our new place. As we found out Charley didn`t even stop there, but turned things a bit upside down instead. * * * Unser neues Zuhause. Wie wir sahen, hat Charley auch da nicht gestoppt, sondern die Sachen ein wenig auf den Kopf gestellt.


  • The carport

    The carports for the condos. I am glad our cars were safe in the garage of the house! Lots of cars have dents and scrapes. Without power off course the elevator didn`t work. What a fun to walk up four flights of stairs in 100 degree heat ... * * *…

  • The golf course

    The golf course had turned into a beautiful chain of lakes! All my wishes had come true, and I had my waterfront view back - even only for a short time ;-) Sorry, blurry pic, shot thru the lanai screen. * * * Der Golfplatz war zu einer wundersch…

  • Downed signs everywhere ...

    Not one street sign is in place anymore, everything is twisted and turned. Luckily everybody is driving careful and we have nightly curfews, but I`d hate to look for a street address right now: You never know which street is in which direction if you are…


  • Flying carport

    Back at the house: Just a few feet from where we live, around the corner there is a carport twisted around a tree. Once again we realize how extremely lucky we were. * * * Zurück am Haus: Nur ein paar Meter entfernt von uns, um die Ecke ist ein Carp…

  • The baseball stadium

    These are the remains of a baseballfield not far from our house. * * * Das sind die Reste eines Baseballstadions nicht weit weg von unserem Haus.

  • The soccer field

    There are several toppled floodlights at the soccer field directly across from the baseball complex. I never liked those floodlights. They were way too bright ;-) * * * Einige der Flutlichter auf dem Fussballplatz direkt gegenüber von dem Baseballst…


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