Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the nation, in fact, according to NOAA, 40% 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. Residents of Florida know all too well how dangerous and scary hurricanes can be, that’s why being insured with Florida’s most prepared homeowner’s insurance company is essential.
Here’s a look at the storms that hit Florida from the early 2000s through as recent as 2018.
During 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 impacts from at least one of the four hurricanes.
- Hurricane Charley was the first to strike on August 13th 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 5th 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 16th Ivan struck the Florida Panhandle as a category 3 producing waves up to 50 feet high offshore.
- Lastly, on September 26th 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.
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Three hurricanes hit Florida in the 2005 hurricane season.
- Hurricane Dennis made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on July 10th as a category 3 with winds up to 120 mph.
- Hurricane Katrina struck north of the Broward-Miami-Dade County on August 25th. 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 24th. 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.
Hurricane Hermine and Matthew struck Florida in the 2016 season.
- 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 8th.
- Hurricane Matthew hit east of the Florida Peninsula on October 8th 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 Michael made landfall on October 10th in the Florida Panhandle as a category 5. Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle.
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