|Published:||Jul 08, 2011 9:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 06, 2011 3:28 PM EDT|
HURRICANE CENTRAL - In the last 60 years, Southwest Florida has seen three major hurricanes make landfall bringing with them storm surge and damaging wind.
Donna, Charley and Wilma all hit us head-on, causing major to catastrophic damage to our communities.
First came Hurricane Donna in September of 1960. The storm killed on person in Lee County, 49 others as it continued up the east coast of the U.S.
Forty-four years later, in 2004 Hurricane Charley made landfall in Punta Gorda. The category four storm killed 34 people total and did $15 billion in damage.
Fourteen months later, in October of 2005, Hurricane Wilma crashed ashore in Collier County. Wilma killed 35 people and caused more than $10 billion in damage.