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Notable Hurricanes That Hit Florida in the 2000s

by Guylaine Cadorette | Aug 22, 2019
Hurricane Charley image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Updated on September 29, 2020

Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the nation. In fact, according to NOAA, 40 percent of all US hurricanes strike Florida. In the early 2000s, Florida homeowners dealt with devastating hurricanes that cost our state billions of dollars’ in damages. Floridians know all too well how dangerous and scary hurricanes can be, which is why being insured with a financially stable homeowner’s insurance company is essential.

Here’s a look at the hurricanes that hit Florida in the 2000s:


In 2004, Florida was struck with four separate hurricanes within a span of six weeks; Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Nearly every square inch of Florida felt the impacts from at least one of the four hurricanes.

  • Hurricane Charley was the first to strike on August 13, 2004, as a category 4. The hurricane hit the southwest coast of Florida near Cayo Costa with winds up to 150 mph. Charley left Florida with over $16 billion in damage. The World Meteorological Organization retired the hurricane name due to the widespread devastation Charley caused.
  • Several weeks’ later Hurricane Frances hit near Sewall’s Point in Florida on September 5, 2004, as a category 3 with winds up to 145 mph.
  • Hurricane Ivan started to form over the tropical Atlantic Ocean the same day Hurricane Frances hit. On September 16, 2004, Ivan struck the Florida Panhandle as a category 3 producing waves up to 50 feet high offshore.
  • Lastly, on September 26, 2004, Hurricane Jeanne hit as the fourth hurricane of the season to make landfall in Florida. The hurricane struck Southeast Florida as a category 3 moving in almost the same location as Hurricane Frances.


Three hurricanes hit Florida in the 2005 hurricane season.

  • Hurricane Dennis made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on July 10, 2005 as a category 3 with winds up to 120 mph.
  • Hurricane Katrina struck north of the Broward-Miami-Dade County on August 25, 2005. The hurricane landed as a category one however it still caused $630 million in damages. This hurricane caused flooding throughout the whole tri-county area.
  • Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida as a category 3 on October 24, 2005. The storm left more than 3.2 million Florida homes and businesses without power and stopped water service to many. The hurricane caused hospitals to evacuate, shattered mobile homes and caused extensive damage.


After over a decade of calm, the 2016 season got delivered two hurricanes to Florida: Hermine and Matthew.

  • Hurricane Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The hurricane struck as a category 1 on September 8, 2016.
  • Hurricane Matthew hit east of the Florida Peninsula on October 8, 2016, with category 2 force winds. The storm left Florida with $1.49 billion in damages.


  • Hurricane Irma struck as a category 4 on September 10th. The storm caused more than 6.8 million people to lose power and $50 billion in damages. The Florida Keys called for a mandatory evacuation before the hurricane hit.



  • Hurricane Sally ravaged the Florida Panhandle after making landfall as a Category 2 storm on September 16, 2020, bringing strong winds and catastrophic flooding to the region--even as it weakened to a tropical storm.


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