Date: Aug. 18, 2004

When it looked likely that Hurricane Charley was going to slam into the Tampa Bay (Fla.) area at week's end last week, Tampa officials took the warning seriously shutting down the town including the city's convention center and performing arts center.

"We powered down on Thursday and reopened Saturday afternoon," said John Moors, administrator of convention facilities and tourism for the city. "I was literally the last man out of the building. It was a...

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