By: Jahiem & Dallas

How Hurricanes Form

They form near the equator over warm ocean waters.

How many hurricanes have hit Florida?

The List of Florida hurricanes encompasses approximately 488 tropical or subtropical cyclones that affected the state of Florida. More storms hit Florida than any other U.S. state, and since 1851 only eighteen hurricane seasons passed without a known storm impacting the state.

How has Flordias history of hurricanes has impacted Florida

The threat of hurricanes is real for Florida during the six month long hurricane, which runs from June 1 until November 30. The peak of hurricane season occurs between mid-August and late October, when the waters in the equatorial Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico have warmed enough to help support the development of tropical waves.

A common misconception in Florida is that there are parts of the state that do not get hurricanes. Since 1850, all of Florida’s coastline has been impacted by at least one hurricane. With its long coastline and location, Florida frequently finds itself in the path of these intense storms. The southeast coastline is extremely susceptible to a land-falling hurricane, followed by the panhandle. Areas around Tampa, Jacksonville do not have as high of a risk of a direct strike from a hurricane but are still capable to a landfall each year. Even if the hurricane makes landfall somewhere else in the state, the impacts can be felt hundreds of miles away.

How to prepare for a hurricane

Know where to go

Put together a disaster supply kit

Make a emergency plan

Search the internet with alerts