Hurricane Charley at the RRC
On Friday, August 13, 2004, the eye of Hurricane Charley passed
directly over the Randell Research Center at Pineland. Though
only one small part of a much broader natural disaster, the Pineland
site and the RRC headquarters building both experienced significant
damage from the fast-moving storm, and transformed the landscape in
many ways. The following images from that day and the
following Saturday morning give some idea of the damage
experienced that day.
Service radar image from 3:11 p.m. on Friday the 13th, showing the
eyewall just after it had passed across Pineland heading
The RRC main gate
along Waterfront Drive on Saturday morning, as storm clouds finally
recede. Note standing water, damaged sign and fence, and
View of the
Pineland site looking eastward from the summit of Brown's Mound,
showing inundated canal/water-court area and gumbo limbo trees
stripped of all leaves and most outer branches.
Fallen trees on
stairwell leading to Brown's Mound summit.
at the historic Gill House, showing damage to roof and siding.
View of debris and
fallen trees clogging breezeway and back yard of RRC headquarters.