Homestead,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
64 in 151yrs end of 2022

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=28, 43.75% H=36, 56.25%

Longest gap between storms
9years 1878-1888 & 1966-1976

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.36 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(29h)once every 5.21 years state stats

Average years between direct major hurricane hits.(major hurricane at adv upon passage)
(13)once every 11.62 years

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

Statistically when this area should be affected next
before the end of 2025

Last affected by
2022 Sept 28th hurricane Ian hits S.W FL at closest approach to Homestead 118 miles to N.W with 140mph winds.

This areas hurricane past
1878 Oct 21st a cat 1 80mph from the SW moves by just east
1888 Aug 16th a cat 3 hits from the ESE with 125mph winds just north by 27miles. Hit Map
1891 a cat 1 80mph hits on Aug 24th from the ESE
1904 Oct 17th a cat 1 80mph weakens to T-Storm from the south
1906 june 17th the first of 2 hurricanes to hit from the south this year comes in with 80mph winds
1906 Oct 18th a 120mph hurricane hits from the SSW
1909 Oct 11th a hurricane comes in from the SW with 95mph winds
1926 sept 18th a 130mph cane comes in from the ESE just north of here. Newspaper headline
1926 Oct 21st 115mph ,31 miles to S.E while moving N.E away
1929 sept 29th a cane comes in from the east with 95mph winds after earlier being major.Sustained wind speeds between 90 and 100 mph were recorded in Everglades City,3 killed in the area.
1933 Oct 5th 125mph from the S.W passing just S.E of here
1935 sept 3rd labor day hurricane hits approx 45 miles to the south with 150mph winds
1935 Nov 4th 75mph from the ENE
1941 Oct 6th a cat 3 120mph hits from the east.
1945 sept 15th 130mph (hurdat)gusts to 140mph while moving N.W press 28.09,some gusts could have been up to 195mph due to damage to steel structures storm surge 14 ft at cutler ridge 4 dead in florida ,heavy crop damage,Homestead AFB press 28.08 Newpaper Headline
1947 Sept 17th a cat 4 150mph comes from the east in southern Palm bch county but this large powerfull hurricanes is a hit on Fla city passing about 50 miles to the north.
1947 Oct 12th 80mph winds (hurdat2)from the S.W
1948 Sept 21st 110mph from the SSW passes just west
1948 OCT 5TH, 90MPH from the S.W press 28.92 5 ft storm surge 9 inches of rain
1950 Oct 18th Hurricane King hits from the SSE with 105mph winds
1960 sept 10th ,130mph Hurricane donna hits south in the keys. Gordon Dunn talks about forecasting Donna | NHC Wallet
1964 Aug 27th Hurricane Cleo passes just east with 105mph winds from the south. NHC Wallet
1964 Oct 14th Hurricane Isbell hits just west from the S.W with 125mph winds. NHC Wallet
1965 sept 8th hurricane Betsy hits with 125mph winds gusts to 170 causes heavy damage here. Betsy page | Betsy as it happened video | Miami Herald Newspaper article (Betsy won't turn back)
1966 Oct 4th Hurricane Inez passes by just south from the ENE with 100mph winds. NHC Wallet
1992 Hurricane Andrew area had total devestation ground zero aug 24 165mph gusts to 180mph 90% mobile homes destroyed 16 ft storm surge at coast. Still some question as to wind speeds over land but over water winds were reported at 165mph,922mb. | weather map from the 21st | Satelite image | Newspaper headline | Newspaper article | #2 |Andrew radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) | Andrew page | av model error | more on Hurricane Andrew here | notes from best track change committee upgrading Andrew to cat 5 | Dr Ted Fujita wind map | Dr Ted Fujita wind map explanation | Hurricane Andrew "the movie" | NHC 36 hrs before landfall discussion | NHC Wallet
1999 oct 15th hurricane irene passes approx 40 miles to the west area reports gusts to 85mph very heavy flooding many trees down.Irene moving NNE at 12mph press 29.09. NHC Report | News coverage
2005, August 25th Hurricane Katrina hits with 75mph while moving WSW. Many trees down & up to 15 inches of rain in areas of south dade.| Radar animation
2005 Hurricane Wilma passes just north Oct 24th while moving N.E with 110mph winds. NHC Report

Early Alert inc Hurricane information for the private sector

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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