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On Friday, the 13th of August, a massive storm called Hurricane Charley visited the state of Florida, leaving much natural destruction behind. Lives were lost, and thousands of people lost their property. Since Florida is popular with retirees, many of those whose property was damaged or destroyed were elderly or retired. Those inland were also affected by the storm, which took down trees and rooftops all across the state. The citrus industry claims to have lost at least 20 percent of their fruit, amounting to maybe $150 million. The old farmers' tale that winds don't blow off green fruits was proven a myth.

I was out of town when the storm hit and drove back through a week later. I saw pine trees bent over at a 45 degree angle across the state, if they are still standing. Piles of oak branches and other deciduous trees stand along roadsides with remains of roofs and other structures. Those in charge of clean up say that it may take 6 months to clean it all up.

Offering prayers and hope for the renewal that always comes with natural disasters to all involved.

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