In 2004, four hurricanes made landfall in Florida. While not all of them impacted Marion County, we had the unusual misfortune of dealing with two of the storms in September—back-to-back. Both storms (Frances and Jeanne) were packing tropical storm force winds by the time they reached us, with gusts of hurricane strength (greater than 74 mph). The Marion County Public Works Bureau dealt with these events as they occurred and with the cleanup in the aftermath. Most of us had never experienced anything like this before. I have worked in Marion County for 28 years but, until now, had never encountered a natural disaster of this magnitude.