On Friday, August 13, 2004 Hurricane Charley hit Southwest Florida making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane at around 3:45 p.m. at Cayo Costa Island, about 10 miles northwest of Cape Coral, Florida.
We give all praise to God for sustaining us faithfully through this storm!
“And when the storms swirl and rage there are mercies anew; In affliection and pain You will carry me through And at the end of my days when Your throne fills my view I will sing of Your mercies anew!
From Upward: The Bob Kauflin Hymns Project (2002 PDI Praise)
The storm is projected to head toward Florida, so Thursday afternoon (August 12) we boarded up and made preparations.
Around 2 p.m. on Friday the rains began. The storm approached the area as a category 2 hurricane, projected to make landfall near Tampa. The storm quickly intensified and turned, setting it on a course directly toward Cape Coral and Sanibel. We lost power around 2:50 p.m. Soon after the storm jogged north, going around Cape Coral, now headed toward Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor. This turn spared us the brunt of the storm.
Our church sustained some damage to the front and to the roof. Grace Baptist Church houses the offices of Founders Ministries.
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