Apalachicola's history with tropical
(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
2008tsbd,2009ts,2012ts,2016,2017tsbdbr,2018ts,2018m,2019ts,2021-2ts,2022bdtsbr,(2023brm not in stats)
65 times in 151yrs end of 2022
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=34, 52.31% H=31, 47.69%
Longest gap between storms
11 years 1942-1952
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.32 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(usually within 40 miles to include small hurricanes)
(23h)once every 6.57 years state stats
Average years between direct major hurricane hits.(major hurricane at adv upon passage)
(6)once every 25.17 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
brushed in 2023
2023 August 30th Hurricane Idalia brushes 60 miles to the S.E at closest approach with 130mph winds while moving NNE.
This areas hurricane past
1877 oct 3rd a 115mph,12 ft storm surge from the SSW. Hit map
1880 Aug 31st,80mph from the ESE
1886 June 30th heavy flooding reported with 95mph hurricane from the SSW with wind gusts over 100mph here.
1894 oct 8th heavy damage over a wide area 105mph
1898 a 11ft storm
surge 12 killed,aug 3rd category 1 80mph
1896 June 30th, 95mph from the SSW
1898 Aug 2nd 80mph from the S.E
1899 Aug 1st, 95mph from the SSE
1903 a cat 1, 90mph causes a 10 ft storm surge sept 13th from the S.E
1915 21 killed from a
cat 1 80mph from the south,sept 4,lowest pressure at landfall 29.32 inches.At Carrabelle the tide was 7 feet above normal.
1926 Sept 20th 125mph winds to the S.W from the ESE
1929 sept 30th 75mph from the SSE press 28.80 winds gust to 100mph.
1936 July 31st, 90mph from the S.E passes just south
1939 Aug 12th, 80mph from the ESE
1941 Oct 7th, 85mph from the SSE passes just east
1966 Alma 6 killed 90mph,
gusts to 125mph 4 to 10ft s.s june 9th from the SSE
1972 June 19th hurricane Agnes hits with 75mph winds & gusts to 95mph from the south with a 5 ft storm surge,9 killed in florida.Sustained 55mph E 6:12AM.
1985 hurricane Elena sept 1st to south while moving towards WNW at franklin county winds 125mph causing roof damage,several twisters around the area & many trees down,tides 10 ft above normal.Apalachicola, FL 9.0 Debris just below
Rt 98 bridge road at 11 ft.
1985 Nov 21st,95mph from the SSW Hurricane kate hits just west sustained winds measured here near 60mph gusts to 85mph a few regional gusts to 100mph
1995 Oct 4th,125mph to the west even though
Opal was 100 miles to the west this area still got a 6.6ft storm surge and hurricane force winds for a few hours. FEMA declaration map
1998 Sept 3rd Hurricane earl passes N.W from the WSW with 75mph winds
2016 Sept 1st Hurricane Hermine passes just east with 80mph winds while moving N.E. Radar animation
2018 Oct 10th Hurricane Michael passes just west by 32 miles with 160 mph winds while moving N.E. 25 deaths in Florida. Total devestation to north in Mexico Beach,an additional 80 structures
were reported destroyed in Franklin County. Coastal highways were also washed out in several
places between Panama City and Alligator Point as per NHC report. 8.22 ft storm tide gust's to cat 1 sustained just below hurricane strength. Wind band map | NWS Tallahassee final reports | NHC report
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports 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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