Florida Hurricanes

This tropical cyclones are a fact life, and although they can affect some vacations, most can enjoy a Sunshine State vacation without ever coming near one of these storms.

The Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st and ends on November 30.  August through October are the more active months.  Historically, September is the most active month of the season.

Hurricane direct hits on the peninsula 1851-2004
 
Area

Total

1851-2004

Major Hurricanes
(category 3-5)

1851-2004

 Northwest 55 12
 Northeast 22 1
 Southwest 36 12
 Southeast 41 15
 Total 110 35
  Source: National Hurricane Center



Saffir-Simpson Scale
Category Sustained Wind Pressue Storm Surge
  mph knots millibars feet meters
1 74-95 64-82 > 980 5 1.0-1.7
2 96-110 83-95 979-965 8 1.8-2.6
3 111-130 96-113 964-945 12 2.7-3.8
4 131-155 114-135 944-920 13-18 3.9-5.6
5 156+ 136+ < 920 19+ 5.7+
     Source: Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory


Climatological Areas of Origin
Typical Storm Tracks by Month
Paths - June

Paths - July

Paths - August

Paths - September

Paths - October

Paths - November
Source:  National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration


Hurricane Image
Hurricane
viewed from satellite




Storm
Storm approaching coastline


















 
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