PUNTA GORDA, FL - AUGUST 15: Ron Bello stands near his car which he painted, "Thanks Charlie" at the Park Hill Estates trailer park where his home suffered damage by Hurrican Charley August 15, 2004 in Punta Gorda, Florida. The town of Punta Gorda received the blunt of the hurricane force. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It was 19 years ago today that Hurricane Charley made a destructive visit to Florida’s west coast. Check out these pics from the archives from preparation to recovery in Naples, St. Pete, and Punta Gorda.  We’ve been fortunate so far this hurricane season in Florida, but we know there is plenty of time left for Mother Nature to wreak havoc.

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