Let’s face it. Even though life can get scary and hurricanes cause massive destruction, life is about risk and people are fascinated by hurricanes. Just as we as human beings are in awe of all things created by Mother Nature, extreme weather is a very interesting aspect of life. Especially in Florida, where extreme weather and hurricanes are a regular occurrence.
In an earlier blog post, we alerted our readers to the fact that today is the official beginning of the 2018 Hurricane Season, which will run through the end of November. In that blog post, you will find the 2018 hurricane outlook and advice on how to prepare your home, family, and business for the upcoming season.
The Fascinating History of Florida Hurricanes
We hope you take advantage of the information we have provided above to protect yourselves this 2018 Hurricane Season. But since it’s Friday, let’s have a little fun. Today Noble Public Adjusting Group would like to discuss the fascinating history of Florida hurricanes.
To do this subject justice, we are going to refer to a great article from The Daily Beast. The article is titled, The Sunshine State’s History of Hurricanes. It was written by Sarah Rogers, a native Floridian, as she witnessed life with hurricanes during her years growing up. What makes it especially interesting too is that Ms. Rogers wrote The Daily Beast article in September 2017, as Hurricane Irma was approaching landfall.
Here is the beginning of the article for your reading pleasure, “As a kid growing up in Florida, we didn’t have snow days. We had hurricane days. Most of my childhood, I knew hurricanes to be massive, terrifying storms that would inflate in the Atlantic and then dissolve into tropical storms by the time they hit Florida. During September, it was common to have days off from school as a precaution, and often it was just a few days of rain and not much else. In 2004, as Hurricane Charley barreled toward Florida, I invited a handful of friends over for a hurricane party. Typical teenagers, we mocked the Category 4 hurricane and smugly thought we would ride out a glorified thunderstorm sneaking beers from my parents’ stash. Little did we know, we would later be huddled under the stairs of my childhood home as the back porch detached completely and flew into our front yard. We’d watch in horror as the sliding glass door in the living room bowed with the 150-mph gusts.”
You really should take a few minutes to read that whole article from Sarah Rogers at the Daily Beast. She makes you really see what it is like to go through hurricanes. Below Noble has summed up the major hurricanes that have struck Florida over the years. This information is courtesy of Wikipedia. A very interesting thing can see below is that hurricanes didn’t begin receiving names until Hurricane Easy in September 1950.
Date of landfall Year Landfall Intensity
Landfall Location Great Middle Florida 3 August 23 1851 100 Panama City Unnamed 3 August 17 1871 100 Jupiter Island Unnamed 3 October 7 1873 100 Captiva Island Unnamed 3 October 3 1877 100 Panama City Unnamed 3 September 10 1882 100 Navarre Unnamed 3 August 16 1888 110 Miami Beach Unnamed 3 October 9 1894 105 Panama City Unnamed 3 September 10 1896 110 Cedar Key Unnamed 3 October 18 1906 105 Marathon (1st landfall)/
Near Flamingo (2nd landfall)
Unnamed 3 October 11 1909 100 Marathon Unnamed 3 September 29 1917 100 Okaloosa County
(Ft. Walton Beach)
Unnamed 4 September 10 1919 130 Dry Tortugas Great Miami 4 September 18–20 1926 125 Palmetto Bay (1st landfall)/
Orange Beach, AL (2nd landfall)*
Okeechobee 4 September 17 1928 125 Palm Beach Unnamed 3 September 4 1933 110 Jupiter Labor Day 5 September 3 1935 160 Craig Key Unnamed 3 October 18 1944 105 Dry Tortugas Unnamed 4 September 15 1945 115 North Key Largo (1st landfall)/
Florida City (2nd landfall)
Unnamed 4 September 17 1947 115 Port Everglades
Unnamed 4 September 21–22 1948 115 Saddlebunch Keys (1st landfall)/
Near Chokoloskee (2nd landfall)
Unnamed 4 August 26 1949 115 Lantana/
Easy 3 September 5 1950 105 Near Cedar Key King 4 October 18 1950 115 Downtown Miami Donna 4 September 10 1960 115 Conch Key (1st landfall)/
Near Naples (2nd landfall)
Betsy 3 September 8 1965 110 Tavernier Eloise 3 September 23 1975 110 Bay County Elena 3 September 2 1985 100 Gulfport, MS* Andrew 5 August 24 1992 145 Elliott Key (1st landfall)/
Near Homestead (2nd landfall)
Opal 3 October 4 1995 100 Pensacola Beach Charley 4 August 13 2004 130 Cayo Costa (1st landfall)/
Near Punta Gorda (2nd landfall)
Ivan 3 September 16 2004 105 Near Gulf Shores, AL* Jeanne 3 September 26 2004 105 Hutchinson Island Dennis 3 July 10 2005 105 Santa Rosa Island Wilma 3 October 24 2005 105 Cape Romano Irma 4 September 10 2017 115 Cudjoe Key (1st landfall)/
Marco Island (2nd landfall)
Noble Public Adjusting Group would really appreciate it if you would share this blog post on your social media page, or email it to a friend. We want you to know that when the times comes to file your hurricane damage insurance claim, we are here for you. That is our job, to make sure you as a Florida policyholder receive the largest settlement possible from your insurance claim. Remember, insurance companies become easily overwhelmed after a hurricane strikes, with too many claims to process and not enough staff. By hiring Noble to handle your claim, you have instantly put yourself at the head of the list and will receive a much better settlement than if you had handled the claim yourself.
Call us today to discuss the history of Florida hurricanes, to have us handle your insurance claim, or for any other concern you may have. Noble’s home office is in Panama City Beach, but we can file an insurance claim for policyholders anywhere in Florida.
Noble Public Adjusting Group
107 Amar Place Suite 103
Panama City Beach (West End), FL 32413