and hurricanes are NOT what people expect.
Charlie, which the eye of the hurricane hit about 2-3 miles from my house, only lasted about 30-45 minutes in all. It was a level 4 and my house had sustained winds in the 80+ mph range and gusts above 120.
The other two hurricanes that hit (within 5 weeks time afterwards) were both level 3's just about, but each lasted about two days time. The gusts were only sustained at about 50 mph with gusts above 75.
see, there is a big difference, quick and powerful, slow and destructive.
funny thing, in the three storms combined, NOT EVEN ONE LIGHTNING OR THUNDER! (I know, they don't typical have too many, but normally you'll get some in one of the outer bands - though, we did have a horrible storm front the morning before Charlie with terrible lightning)
now, between the three storms, about 99% of the damage was caused by Charlie.