Fort Myers,Florida's history with tropical
systemsCurrent weather(br)=brush (ts)=Tropical Storm
(bd)=Back Door,meaning coming from over land from opposite coast.Not all names
are noted,also storms before 1950 were not named.Not every stat on every storm
description is given(since 1871).
within or near core
1999tsbr,2001ts,2004,2005,2008tsbr,(2017 not in stats)
in 145yrs end of 2016
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=27, 50.00% H=27, 50.00%
Longest gap between storms
15 years 1970-1984
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.69 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(16h)once every 9.06 years state stats
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
affected in 2017
Last affected by
2017 Sept 10th Hurricane Irma passes over while moving north with 105mph winds.
This areas hurricane
1873 ,Punta rassa destroyed near Ft Myers by 110mph winds14ft
s.s oct 6th was a cat 3 upon approach with 115mph winds
1888 Aug 17th 80mph from the ESE
1894 sept 25th 120mph coming from the south,
1910 Oct 18th 105mph gusts to 125mph bar 28.20 very destructive storm surge traveled well inland from the SSW
1926 125mph coming ESE from Miami sept 18th
1929 Sept 29th 95mph from the ESE
1935 Sept 3rd ,115mph from the S.E
1941 oct 6th, 110mph from the S.E heavy flooding
1944 Oct 19th, 75mph while passing just west from the south. Forecaster Grady Norton called this 2 days in advance.
1945 Sept 16th 125mph from the S.E
1947 a hurricane which pounded the east coast hits here just south with 100mph winds on sept 17th causing 8.72 inches of rain while moving slowly west
1953 Oct 9th,Hurricane Hazel hits with 75mph winds 987mb(hurdat) from the SW.
1960 sept 10th Donna Adv winds 125mph from sse
95mph winds gusts over 120mph a 7 ft storm surge press 28.08,155mph reported on private anemometer. 1:30PM winds sustained NE @ 92mph,28.08 inch. more here | Gordon Dunn talks about forecasting Donna
1964 hurricane Isabell comes ashore Oct 15th south of here with 125mph winds causing very heavy damage in SW Florida.
2004 August 13th Hurricane Charley core moves in just north with 145mph winds. Sporadic damage throughout Lee county with much heavier damage to the north. Offshore captive island lost approx 1/4 of housing with 1 billion in damage in sanabel & captiva. South seas resort heavily damaged.Article
2005,Oct 24th , Hurricane Wilma comes in approx 40 miles to the south with 125mph winds while moving very quickly NE at 25mph. Many trees,signs and debris in streets but not any worse than from Charley in 2004. Official final report from NHC reports 64mph sustained with gusts to 76mph. The famous Edison home lost alot of it's vegetation.| Wilma satelite picture
2017 Sept 10th Hurricane Irma passes over while moving north with 105mph winds causing minor damage. Power outage photos before & after | Best performing models 5 days before hit | UKMET model 2 days out | Relief concert 5 former presidents attend
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane research division
Text Sources:(alp)....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Schwartz.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....plus many more.............
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