Fort Myers,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(since 1871).
Fort Myers most likely to be hit by a hurricane between sept 7th and 13th
Years within or near core
61 in 152yrs end of 2023

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=31, 50.85% H=30, 49.15%
only 27.87% of all tropical systems affecting Fort Myers are major hurricanes this includes brushes

Longest gap between storms
15 years 1970-1984

How often this area gets affected?
Fort Myers brushed or hit every 2.49 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits in Fort Myers.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(18h)once every 8.44 years state stats

Average years between major hurricane hits in Fort Myers.(10)
once every 15.20 years

Average MPH of hurricane hits in Fort Myers. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)

Statistically when Fort Myers should be affected next
before the end of 2025

Last affected by
2022 November 10th Nicole at closest distance passed 87 miles to NNE as a 60mph tropical storm.

Fort Myers hurricane past
1873 ,Punta rassa destroyed near Ft Myers by 110mph winds14ft s.s oct 6th was a cat 3 upon approach with 115mph winds. Hit map
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 | Weather service post sketch | NHC Wallet
1964 hurricane Isbell comes ashore Oct 15th south of here with 125mph winds causing very heavy damage in SW Florida. NHC Wallet
1966 Hurricane Alma passes 57 miles to the west with 115mph winds right front HF wind field hits the area. hit map
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 | radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School)
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. radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) Wilma satelite picture | our coverage as it happened
2017 Sept 10th Hurricane Irma passes just 10 miles east while moving north with 100mph winds causing minor damage with 3.28 ft storm tide. Power outage photos before & after | Best performing models 5 days before hit | UKMET model 2 days out | Long range GEFS many days out | Relief concert 5 former presidents attend | Best track data | USGS surge info | Our live coverage | Radar animation (Brian McNoldy) | Aftermath video tour | NHC report
2022 Sept 28th hurricane Ian hits with 150mph winds while passing 15 miles to the N.W at closest approach. Area inundated with huge storm surge up to first floor roofs storm surge at 7.25 ft. photo of destruction | Mike Seidel TWC In Fort Myers | photo of destruction | video of surge in Cape Coral | hit map | Our coverage as it happened | Drone footage from Ft Myers beach | Aerial video of damage from fox 4 | Radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | NHC Report

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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 (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 many more.............
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