English Composition I
6 February 2012
Charlie, a Mind of His Own
We had plenty of time to prepare, it had been broadcasted everywhere. This was a really different summer, one that hadn’t been seen before or since. All the other predictions had played out exactly as the meteorologist had thought they would, so why would Charlie be any different. There were approximately four hurricanes that summer, some that turned out to be pretty bad and some not so much. But one thing they all brought to the citizens of New Port Richey was a sense of awareness. As with most hurricanes we had plenty of notice that Charlie was out there, but as the days go by and the hurricane does not seem to move much, you kind of forget about it. You go on with your day to day responsibilities, which for me at the time was my family, my job and an occasional look at the news when time permitted.
I remember that summer, as people saw the amount of hurricanes that came and went through the bay area, hearing so many people say how lucky we were and how “that one” didn’t do much damage to us. They said that if we were to ever get a bad hurricane to come up through Tampa Bay it would be destruction, and how our community would be forever changed. When we did have tropical storms or a category one hurricane come through the bay, the conversation was how it would almost paralyze the bay area for days. Roads would be closed, there would be downed power lines in neighborhoods and flooding in the streets would occur. No one could imagine how our area would react to a category Four hurricane.
I remember as Charlie got closer, the meteorologists began to make predictions that there was a possibility we could be in its path, and how the could be, changed to would be. People began to make decisions about what to do. Evacuating was going on in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The hurricane was predicted to come right up through Tampa Bay. This had many...