Hurricanes & Tropical
More storms hit Florida than any other U.S. state. More important, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in 2017, up to 80% of home damages involving flooding were not insured.
In fact, since 1851 only 18 hurricane seasons have passed without a known storm impacting the state. The Atlantic Hurricane Season lasts for six months (June 1 - November 30) and, if one strikes, can cause extreme winds, heavy thunderstorms, flooding, and storm surges. Florida's recorded hurricane hisitory includes approximately 500 tropical or subtropical cyclones. Additionally, the cumulative impacts from the storms have totaled over $141 billion in damage (primarily from Hurricane Andrew in 1992) and the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons where the state was affected by five named storms category 3 or higher.
The strongest hurricane to most recently hit the state was Hurricane Charley in 2004. This was the strongest hurricane since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Since then, Hurricane Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Wilma, and Irma have all impacted the state as a major hurricane.