(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).
|Palm Beach,Florida's history with tropical
within or near core
71 times in 146yrs end of
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=30, 42.25% H=41, 57.75%
Longest gap between storms
14 years 1910-1923
How often this area
brushed or hit every 2.06 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.( hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(25h)once every 5.84 years state stats
Average years between major hurricane hits.(10)
once every 14.60 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
affected in 2017
2017 Sept 10th, Hurricane Irma passes 89 miles to the west at closest approach with 100mph winds while moving north.
1871 Aug 16th 115mph just north in Jupiter from the east,developed just east of Bahamas.
1871 Aug 24th 105mph passing to north while moving WNW
1876 Oct 20th, 95mph from the SSW to the west
1885 Aug 24th,80mph from the south passes just east
1888 Aug 16th,120mph from the ESE passes to the south
1903 just south a cat 1,80mph sept 11th from the ESE
1906 Oct 18th, 110mph from the SSW passes just east.
1926 July 27th,95mph from the S.E
1926 Sept 18th, 130mph to the south from the ESE
1928 Aug 7th, 95mph from the S.E
1928 September 16th,over 2500 killed
from flooding bar 27.43 winds 155mph (hrd) over 18 inches of rain very heavy damage,most killed around Lake Okeechobee. Storm surge on coast estimated at 11ft killing 25 & washing out A1A.Newspaper article#1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 | Monument near lake | wording on monument in West Palm Beach | Monument panned out | Monument close up | Monument panned out | Monument flag | Monument time capsule | Monument panned out | whole Monument | Rochester Times headlines | what happened? | Wayne Neely book on 1928 hurricane | HRD report
1933 Sept 4th,130mph from the ESE
1945 Sept 15th,130mph winds to the south from the ESE
1947 Sept 17th,
just south a cat 4 heavy damage 130mph from the east
1947 Oct 12th,75mph (hurdat2) from the WSW.
1948 bd cat one Sept22nd 85mph from the S.W
1949 August 26th 130mph (hurdat)meter blew away,eye passes over palm beach. Lake okeechobee 12 ft storm surge. Newspaper headline | Newspaper article
1950 king oct 18th ,100mph (hurdat2) to the west from the SSE
after hitting Miami hard causing heavy bch erosion. Weakens to cat 2 near lake Okeechobee.
1964 Aug 27th hurricane Cleo hits with 90mph winds from the south causing minor damage here.Peak gust 104mph ESE at 8:40 AM sustained ESE 86mph ,press 29.14,rain 3.99. NHC Wallet
1964 Hurricane Isbell hits from the SW with 115mph winds Oct 15 as she maintained her intensity even after hitting the west coast. NHC Wallet
1979 Sept 3rd,david 95mph gusts to 90 mph western eyewall comes ashore from the South.Radar loop
1999 hurricane irene oct 16th hits with 75mph winds press 29.12. area had very heavy rain & many trees down while moving NNE @ 10-mph Newspaper article
2004 Sept 5th, Hurricane Frances passes just north with 105mph winds from the ESE . Many trees down,signs damaged power out for days a very large & slow moving hurricane.Some roof damage in North part of county.6 deaths in palm bch county,12 inches plus rain in many areas.Newspaper headline | Newspaper headline #2 | Side by side radar of Frances & Jeanne | Frances article | Frances article | models 5 days out | USGS surge info
2004 Sept 26th, Hurricane Jeanne hits just north by 38miles from the east with 120mph winds. Many trees down power outages for days. Second hurricane hit in 22 days as area felt most winds from the west.2 deaths in palm bch county Models 4 days before hitting | Side by side radar of Frances & Jeanne | Jeanne newspaper headline | Jeanne article | Jeanne article #2 | Jeanne article #3 | | Jeanne article #4 | Jeanne wind swath map | Jeanne page | Hurricanecity live broadcast at landfall (rp) | USGS surge info
2005,Oct 24th Hurricane Wilma hits from the SW with 105mph winds while moving quickly N.E. Wilma passed over Palm bch with the eye passing directly overhead. Damage was extensive but not as bad as areas to south.Moderate roof damage to many buildings,signs down & many trees toppled. Official final report from NHC SFWMD 90mph sustained with gusts to 113mph. West palm bch 81mph gusts to 98mph.Palm Beach Jonathan Dickinson Missile Tracking Annex 81mph sustained gusts to 114mph. Wilma caused an estimated 20 billion in damage with 35 deaths in Florida. Hurricane warning show | Radar of eye passage in Palm bch | Wilma satelite picture | Wilma damage century village | NHC final report
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | 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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