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Updated: 05/18/2014 08:00:05AM

Hundreds prep for hurricane season at expo

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Wayne Sallade, Charlotte County Emergency Management director, wears his one-of-a-kind hurricane tie at the annual Hurricane & Business Expo Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell from WINK News explains to the audience that even though a below-average hurricane season has been predicted, they still must prepare.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

More than 500 visitors attended the Hurricane & Business Expo at the Event Center.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PUNTA GORDA — There were two words that were heard quite often at the Hurricane & Business Expo, held Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center — Hurricane Charley.

Aug. 13 will mark 10 years since Charley made landfall in Charlotte Harbor, steamrolling up the Peace River, ripping through Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, and into DeSoto County, leaving a swath of destruction that had not been seen in Southwest Florida in decades.

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