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September 29, 2004
Charley, Frances. Ivan & Jeanne Star in "Hurricane Summer": A World Premier TV Film by National Geographic

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Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne will star in their own film next Tuesday, October 5th (9pm PT/ET) called Hurricane Summer thanks to The National Geographic Society, NGT&F and FOX.

The producers of the film take you inside the hurricanes, offering aerial views of their awesome power and unfortunate destructiveness. The fury of all four powerful storms that ravaged Florida have been captured.

Personal stories on the ground have been documented.

The National Geographic Channel said:

In the span of six weeks, four powerful hurricanes devastated the Caribbean and Florida, leaving behind thousands dead; billions of dollars in damages; and a relief effort that even eclipsed the one following the 2001 terrorist attacks. Not since 1886 have four major storms battered one state in such a short time span. But what factors contributed to this summer's unprecedented barrage of storms? And what's it like to come face to face with this relentless destructive power -- and live to tell about it?

On Tuesday, October 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, experience firsthand the fury of these violent storms as National Geographic Channel's Hurricane Summer takes viewers from the eye of these monsters to the personal stories on the ground. Meet a scientist who searches for clues by flying into these storms. Relive accounts of unimaginable loss and dramatic survival from Florida residents. And learn why a one-degree rise in water temperatures may have helped set in motion the forces that led to this historic season of destruction.

When hurricanes threaten, most people head for safety. But for NOAA hurricane expert Chris Landsea, the study of these deadly storms is his life. His goal is to measure firsthand each storm's destructive power in the hope that his work will help predict the path of its devastation. Landsea flew into all four storms that struck Florida, adding to his understanding of this hurricane summer and his terrifying prediction that this new active hurricane cycle could last another 40 years. In fact, as Landsea explains, scientists have confirmed that the Atlantic Ocean has warmed one degree, which many hypothesize is enough to create a catastrophic hurricane cycle.

The special also features a couple determined to beat Mother Nature. The Sigler family built their dream home in Pensacola Beach, FL, only to see it destroyed by previous hurricanes. Instead of abandoning their dream, this determined couple set out to build a hurricane proof house. After intense research and detailed design by a group of highly trained architects and engineers, the Sigler's built a massive, round "Dome Home," capable of withstanding winds of more than 300 mph. As Ivan approached, Mr. Sigler got permission to stay behind, and weather the storm. Taking an almost direct hit, Sigler tells of his experience, and how the "Dome Home" handled her first major test.

As the Atlantic Ocean calms for the time being, Floridians breathe a sigh of relief. But if weather experts are to be believed, this is just the beginning.

In fact, it's not even hurricane season yet.

October is typically when the Atlantic experiences the most hurricane activity. So brace yourselves for more Charleys, Frances, Ivans and Jeannes to come.

About The National Geographic Channel

Based at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channel is a joint venture between National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) and Fox Cable Networks.

In January 2001, the National Geographic Channel debuted to an initial 10 million homes. The channel is one of the fastest growing networks in history.

The Channel has carriage with all of the nation's major cable and satellite television providers, making it currently available to more than 52 million homes.

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The action takes place exactly one month before another hurricane makes landfall in the U.S. Hopefully, this time Florida won't get the brunt of the outcome, once again. Tuesday, October 5th at 9pm ET/PT.

This film will also air, Wednesday October 6th and Sunday, October 10th.

Set your TiVo's now, so you don't miss it.

For the latest on the Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's web site at:

Here's to healthy, adventuresome, soulful, awe-inspired living!

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