We didn't even lose our electricity, although it flickered a lot. I guess after the last time it failed in a storm (on Easter Sunday) the power gods fixed it really well because they didn't want to be out here on a holiday again.
A lot of people in our area are lacking power, some are lacking clean water as well. But we're all fortunate compared to those in Charlotte County, where Charley made landfall.
Living in coastal areas is always a gamble (we were there once) but the scenery is worth it! Some people don't fully understand the risk, especially if they're new to Florida. And even if you do know what's coming, there's only so much you can do.