Fort Lauderdale,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).

Years within or near core
1871,1871br,1876tsbr,1876bdbr,1878,1885br,1888,1888-2ts,1889bdts,1891br,1891bdts,1892bdts,1901ts,1903
1904ts,1906bd,1906,1909br,1909-2ts,1916ts,1924bdts,1926-3
1928-2,1929br,1932tsbr,1933,1933br,1935-2br,1935,1941,1945,1946ts,1947,1947-48bd
1948bdbr,1949,1950,1952-53tsbd,1956ts(hurdat),1960br,1964,1964bd,1965br,1974subts,1976ts,1979br
1981-84ts,1992br,1995tsbr,1999ts,1999,2005,2005bd,2006ts,2010tsbr
64 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
king,cleo,Isbell,Betsy,Dottie,David,Dennis,Isadore,Andrew,Jerry,Mitch,Harvey ,Irene,Katrina,Wilma,Ernesto,Bonnie,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=24, 37.50% H=40, 62.50%

Longest gap between storms
8years 1892-1901 & 1965-1974

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.22 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(25h)once every 5.68 years state stats

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
108mph

Statistically when this area should be affected next
due in 2014

Last affected by
2010 T-Storm Bonnie hits just south with 40mph winds on July 23rd

This areas hurricane past
1871 Aug 16th ,115mph from the east just north
1878 Oct 21st 80mph just east from the SSW
1888 aug 16th 105mph winds from the ESE
1903 sept 11th a cat 1 85mph from the ESE
1906 June 17th a cat 1 85mph from the S.W
1906 Oct 18th 115mph from the SSW
1926 July 27th, 105mph from the S.E just east
1926 sept 18th a large hurricane in miami with 130mph winds causes a 13ft storm surge here 3,500 structures here destroyed & 26 killed. The Daily news (former sun -sentinel)newspaper didnt publish for 2 days & when it resumed did it from the Lake worth Press.Newspaper headline
1926 Oct 21st 110mph from the S.W just east
1928 Aug 7th 95mph winds from the S.E just NE of here
1928 Sept 16th ,150mph from the ESE just N.E of here
1933 Sept 4th 130mph just north from the ESE
1935 november 4th yankee hurricane from the NE hits just south with 75mph winds 8 ft tides here
1941 Oct 6th,120mph to the south from the ESE
1945 sept 16, 30 miles to south & West 130mph winds causes moderate damage here
1947 A major hurricane to north causes heavy damage here sept 17th,130mph (hurdat) Hillsboro light reported a winds gust of 155mph, 121mph sustained for 5 minutes press 27.97 this was a large slow moving storm moving at 10mph, pounded the area for many hours.An 11 ft storm surge was reported with the New River overflowing it's banks. Suprisingly only 17 killed in florida weather map
1947 oct 12 85mph from the SW gusts to 92mph,this was cloud seeded prior to landfall. Rainfall reported 12 inches in 30 minutes led to creation of the South Florida water management district.
1948 sept 22nd from the south 95mph winds
1949 just north aug 26th ,150mph from the S.E ,gusts to 130mph here. weather map | target=new>Newspaper headline
1950 hurricane King oct 17th 105mph winds causes heavy damage especially inland as this small hurricane traveled inland over a small area causing moderate to heavy damage
1964 hurricane Cleo aug 27th 95mph causes a 5 ft storm surge but overall minor damage.Evidence of a Tornado in Davie 1/4 mile wide Broward county $89,000,000 damage.Short period of calm reported in NW Ft lauderdale. Ft Lauderdale news does not print for the only time in history. Cars parked on the beach had paint sandblasted off of thier sides.Newspaper article photo
1964 oct 14th hurricane Isabell just north from the SW with 120mph winds causes moderate damage here
1979 Hurricane David brushes to the East causing minor damage here
1981 Tropical storm Dennis with 50mph winds dumps heavy rain & causes power outages in Broward audio news report(rp)
1992 hurricane Andrew well to the south some hurricane gusts here but overall minimal damage.
1999 oct 15th hurricane irene hits just west with 75mph winds press 29.18.In weston 4 killed standing in water with electrical line near.Cooper city 1 boy killed standing in water with electric line.Ft Lauderdale bch Water spout hits elbo room bar breaking windows 6 sent to hospital with cuts,flips 2 cars outside.Nearby roof blown off,1 home in broward reports roof blown off.Coral springs 1 man killed in truck found in canal . Newspaper article
August 25th ,2005 Hurricane Katrina moves towards dade county moving 20 miles to the SE while moving WSW with 80mph winds.Many trees blown down,82mph gust in Ft Lauderdale.| Radar animation | track and dates
2005,Oct 24th Hurricane Wilma hits from the SW with 105mph winds while moving quickly N.E. Wilma passed just NW of Ft Lauderdale while the east eyewall hit the metro areas. Damage was extensive in downtown ft laud as many glass windows blew out of buildings. Significant roof damage to many buildings,power poles & signs. In coconut creek est 37 homes left uninhabitable,Cooper city 2. In Coral springs 93 multifamily dwellings affecting 197 units unihabitable. Dania 109 and Davie 855 unihabitable. In Ft Lauderdale 115 have major damage. Official NHC report has 87mph sustained with gusts to 104mph in Weston. Ft Lauderdale NHC final 71mph sustained with gusts to 96mph.Over 1,000 intersections traffic lights knocked out in Broward county. Hurricane Wilma caused an estimated 20 billion in damage with 35 deaths in Florida.Radar during worst weather | Wilma satelite picture | Mobile home destroyed | Newspaper unsafe structure maps | NHC final report



Text Sources:The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Sudden Sea R.A Scotti.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Stormscaping Pamela Crawford.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Scwartz..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....NOAA research division.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....plus many more.............


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