Fort Pierce,Florida's history with tropical systems
Current 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.

Years within or near core
1871-2,1873bd,1876bd,1880,1885,1888ts,1889bdts,1891bdts,1892bdts,1893,1893br,1896bdts,1898ts,1899br,1906br,1909ts,1909tsbr,1926,1928-2,1933-2,1934tsbd,1939,1945br,1946ts,1947,
1948bd,1949,1950,1951bdts,1953bdts,1959tsbdbr,1960br,1960bdts(hurdat),1964,1964bd,1968bdts,1974subts,1976ts,1979,1981ts,1984ts,1985bdts,1994bdts,1995,1995ts,1999,2004-2,
2005bd,2008tsbd,2016br
54 in 145yrs end of 2016




Names from list above
king,cleo,Judith,Donna,Cleo,Isbell,Abby,Dottie,David,Dennis,Isadore,Bob,Gordon,Erin,Jerry,Mitch,Irene,Frances,Jeanne,Wilma,Fay,Matthew,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=23, 42.59% H=31, 57.41%

Longest gap between storms
16 years 1910-1925

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.69 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(25h)once every 5.8 years state stats

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
101mph

Statistically when this area should be affected next
affected in 2016

Last affected by
2016 Oct 7th, Hurricane Matthew brushes to the east by 35 miles while moving NNW with 120mph winds.

This areas hurricane past
1871 Aug 16th 115mph from the SE, developed east of Bahamas.Eye passes just west while moving NW.
1871 Aug 25th a 105mph hurricane comes ashore while moving NW
1873 Oct 7th 95mph from the WSW
1876 90mph Oct 20th from the S.W
1880 Aug 29th 105mph just north from the east
1885 Aug 24th, 85mph from the SSE just east
1893 Aug 27th 120mph from the SSE just offshore.
1926 July 27th 90mph from the SE just east
1928 a hurricane just north aug 7th 100mph heavy damage
1928 130mph sept 16th from th S.E. Newspaper article#1 | #2 | #3 | #4
1933 july 30th a cat 1 80mph moves in from the east
1933 a cat 3, 115mph hits just south moving WNW Sept 4th,
1939, 80mph aug 11 from the ESE
1947 Sept 17th 130 mph from the east to the south
1948 90mph sept 22 from the SSW just east
1949, 140mphfrom the ESE aug 26,roof blown off ft pierce hotel heavy damage
1950 hurricane King 25 miles to the west from the SSE oct 18th with 80mph winds causes heavy bch erosion & moderate damage here
1964 aug 27th hurricane Cleo 75mph winds to west from the south causes minor damage here
1964 Hurricane Isabell hits from the SW with 115mph winds Oct 15 after hitting the west coast
1979 Sept 3rd hurricane David hits from SSE with 95mph winds , minor damage.Radar loop
1995 Aug 2nd Hurricane Erin 85mph winds bar 29.12 minor damage from the ESE
1999 oct 16th hurricane irene hits just east with 75mph winds 1 moble home roof blown off,1/3 county without power.Newspaper article
2004 Sept 5th, Hurricane Frances hits with 105mph winds. Many trees down,signs damaged power out for days a very large & slow moving hurricane..Ft Pierce K-Mart on virginia ave partially unroofed. Lady luck building collapsing into water. In Port St Lucie downed trees & roof damage. Ft Pierce marina boats ended up on top of eachother.Roof of sunrise theatre partially torn off. Some people taken to hospitals with injuries from falling debris. In Port st lucie siding peeled off trailers. 2 deaths in St Lucie county.15 inches of rain in parts of St Lucie county. Peak gust 110mphNewspaper headline | Newspaper headline #2 | Side by side radar of Frances & Jeanne | Frances article | Frances article | Landfall map | models 5 days out
2004 Sept 26th, Hurricane Jeanne hits with 120mph winds. Many trees down power outages for days. Second hurricane hit in 22 days .Some roofs blown off homes,many mobile homes damaged.School officials reported that schools suffered more severe damage during Hurricane Jeanne than Hurricane Frances. There are 6 school cafeterias with significant roof damage.St. Lucie County International Airport has experienced severe damage. Access to both North and South Hutchinson islands has been cut by damage to bridges and I-95 southbound is closed near the Okeechobee Boulevard by a truck entangled in power lines. The Coast Guard has confirmed damage to the bridge railing where a car was seen going into the Indian River Lagoon Saturday. Models 4 days before hitting | Side by side radar of Frances & Jeanne | Jeanne newspaper headline | Jeanne article | Jeanne article #2 | Jeanne article #3 | | Jeanne article #4 | Landfall map | Jeanne wind swath map | Jeanne page | Hurricanecity live broadcast at landfall (rp)
2005,Oct 24th Hurricane Wilma hits just south by 25 miles from the SW with 105mph winds while moving quickly N.E. Damage was extensive but not as bad as areas to south.Moderate roof damage to many buildings,signs down & many trees toppled. Official NHC final report 55mph suatined with gusts to 78mph.


Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane reseach 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 Scwartz.....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.....Stormscaping Pamela Crawford.....Sudden Sea R.A Scotti.....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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