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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:11

Hurricane Floyd, The Double-Barreled Blast

Written by  John Nevola

The weekend of September 11-12, 1999 in Florida saw beautiful, peaceful weather, but the minds of the people responsible for the protection of their respective businesses were churning like the winds of Hurricane Floyd then in the Atlantic. Floyd had made a slight turn northward and was heading straight for the Florida Gold Coast by way of the Bahamas.Weighing the options and alternatives open to them, contingency planners and their bosses struggled with the decision to send their people to alternate locations to implement their disaster recovery plans. The same concern began to build among the population of the east coast of Florida as a land strike became probable. The only question was would Floyd turn north or smack into the coast. As with most Category 4 hurricanes, both the business and human dilemma began to unfold and were irrevocably intertwined.The decisions made over that weekend and early Monday morning