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).

Years within or near core
1873,1876br,1878-2ts,1888bd,1891bdts,1891ts,1894,1895ts
1896ts,1897ts,1899ts,1901bdts,1903bdts,1904bdts,1910,1916ts,1924br,1925br,1926bd,1928ts,1928bdbr,1929bd,1932bdts,1935,
1936bdts,1941bd,1944,1945ts,1945bd,1946br,1947bd,1948br,1949bdbr,1950br,1951ts,1953tsbr,1953,1959ts,1960,1964,1965bdbr,
1966br,1968ts,1969ts,1985ts,1988tsbr,1990tsbr,1992bdbr,1994ts,1999tsbr,2001 ts,2004,2005,2008tsbr
55 in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
How,Hazel,Donna,Isbell,Judith,Abbey,Jenny,Dennis,Bob,Andrew,Gordon,Harvey,Gabrielle, Charley,Wilma,Fay,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=28, 50.91% H=27, 49.09%

Longest gap between storms
15 years 1969-1985

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.58 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(16h)once every 8.88 years state stats

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
109mph

Statistically when this area should be affected next
2 years overdue

Last affected by
2008 Aug 19th TS Fay passesEast of the area with 60mph winds while moving NNE

This areas 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
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 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

1964 hurricane Isabell comes ashore Oct 15th south of here with 125mph winds causing very heavy damage in SW Florida.
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
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.| Wilma satelite picture

Early Alert inc Hurricane information for the private sector



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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