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Revisiting Hurricane Dora's impact

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Fifty years ago this week, Hurricane Dora, with all her power and fury, directly hit the First Coast.

Those who lived through it will never forget the damage and devastation it did to our community.  But it also brought us together with neighbors helping neighbors rebuild their homes, and in some cases, their lives in the weeks that followed. 

That community spirit was the subject of a very special program The Local Station worked on for more than a year to commemorate the anniversary, titled Dora: Direct Hit.

If you missed it, you can watch it online. It's a fabulous way to learn and appreciate the local history of Jacksonville. 

We've also put together a terrific web section with hundreds of pictures and videos.  

This show should also make us think. While it's been 50 years since we've had a direct hurricane hit, we cannot let our guard down. 

Make sure you're prepared with a hurricane plan for your and your family.

We all need to be ready.  And if it ever happens, here at News4Jax, we'll be here with you -- just like we were through Dora -- to make sure you and your family are safe.