Living in Florida, especially in the coastal areas means you have to deal with hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes happen every year in Florida without a break. This is true whether you live in South Florida, Miami, the Florida panhandle, Jacksonville, Southwest Florida or anywhere in between. But do you know when hurricane season is in Florida?
According to the Florida State University Climate Center hurricane season in Florida is a six-month long period that occurs from June 1st to November 30th of each year.
Hurricane season in Florida officially begins on June 1st of each year.
Hurricane season officially ends on November 30th of each year in Florida.
Officially, the hurricane months in the Florida hurricane season include June, July, August, September, October and November. However, some say the season unofficially starts in May. This is because offseason storms do exist and these have historically mostly happened in May.
Yes. Florida does have hurricanes. In fact, it is prone to hurricane so hurricane season is a risk every single year.
Recent major hurricanes to hit Florida include the following:
2022: Hurricane Ian
2021: Hurricane Elsa
2018: Hurricane Michael
2017: Hurricane Irma
Hurricanes in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida are common. Hurricane Ian in 2022 was the last hurricane to hit Southwest Florida. Before that Hurricane Irma hit the area in 2017.
Update 6/13/2022: Hurricane season has officially started in Florida, and it has been .
Occurrence and Frequency of Hurricanes in Florida
Florida has a long history of hurricanes and severe weather. In fact, it is a fairly regular occurrence. How regular? Universal Property states that over 120 hurricanes have been recorded in Florida since 1851.
How often does Florida get hurricanes? According to Best Places Florida is affected by a tropical storm or hurricane about once every 3 years.
Recently the Southwest part of Florida has been hit by a major storm once about every 5 years. These included Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Ian in 2022.
So if hurricane season happens nearly every year you want to make sure you understand when it takes place. This will help you prepare yourself, your family and your home before any storms even approach.
What part of Florida gets hit the most by hurricanes and tropical storms?
According to Hurricane City’s ranking of cities with the highest frequency of a hurricane/tropical storm since 1871, Miami, FL and Cape Canaveral top the list for Florida with a storm every 1.97 years.
Miami has been hit by 31 hurricanes since 1871 (hurricanecity.com).
Other Florida cities include Fernandina Beach, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Saint Augustine, Palm Beach, Spring Hill, etc.
In terms of Florida regions hardest hit, a Universal Property & Casualty report states that Northwest Florida (the Panhandle) is the most prone. It has been affected by 66 total hurricanes since 1851. After that there is Southwest Florida (49) and Southeast Florida (49).
Are you prepared for hurricane season?
Make sure you are fully prepared before hurricane season happens. If you need some guidance make sure to read our detailed guide on how to prepare and plan for a hurricane.
Some quick tips for preparing for hurricanes include the following:
- Get alerts so you know when the storms will hit.
- Sign up for an alert system or check weather alert websites so that you know in advance of all oncoming storms.
- Know what’s the difference between a hurricane watch and a warning.
- Ensure you properly protect your home, condo, and/or business before a storm. Storm protection products, such as impact windows and hurricane shutters are a good investment to protect your property and family.
- Find out more about hurricane shutters and other storm protection products.