Yes. I was heading to FL when Hurricane Jeanne was in the Caribbean, by the time I arrived, I was there for the hurricane. It had changed course. We live inland, northern Volusia county and were not on the coast. I loved it! We had to keep cleaning up water that came in beneath the front door and garage doors. But my mother-in-law was living with us by then because her condo on Deltona Beach Shores (5th floor) was damaged when the roof fell in from the apartment above.
I was on the balcony when Hurricane Dennis worked its way up the coast. I sat on the balcony for hours watching the lightening, hearing the thunder, but it was at sea. With a great view of the sea, I loved the feel of the wind on my face. I fell asleep and my husband had to come wake me to go to bed. It was magnificent from a distance.
I would not want to be in the full force of one. Our Florida house is guaranteed to 140 mph winds, built of concrete blocks. I'll be back there soon. I'll be there for the next season. I really feel for FireCracker who went through Katrina, Category 5, then 4.
My love of wind and rain does not extend to destruction.
Thanks for the great question. I read all of the answers, and appreciate the information that brings this to reality, the destruction, loss of lives, etc. I do not ever want to live on the Gulf coast.