Hurricane Frances from aboveMicroTech did a post on the Top Ten Most Damaging Hurricanes of the U.S. and decided being that our headquarters is in Jacksonville, Florida that we’d look into Jacksonville’s history with the most damaging Jacksonville hurricanes and tropical storms. Luckily while Jacksonville has had it’s fair share of tropical storms and hurricanes it actually suffered less damage from hurricanes than most other east coast cities. However during any hurricane season the threat exists for a direct hit by a major hurricane so it’s important we be prepared.

Jacksonville has experienced hurricane conditions from storms crossing the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, or passing to the north or south in the Atlantic. Fortunately we have only received one direct hit from a hurricane since 1871.

Most Damaging Jacksonville Hurricane

Hurricane Dora – 1964
The strongest effect on Jacksonville was from Hurricane Dora in 1964, the only recorded storm to hit the First Coast with sustained hurricane force winds.

Hurricane Dora Jacksonville

Recent Hurricanes and Tropical Storms that Effected Jacksonville

Tropical Storm Beryl – 2012
On May 28, 2012, Jacksonville was hit by Tropical Storm Beryl, packing winds up to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach.

Tropical Storm Fay – 2008
Jacksonville also suffered damage from 2008’s Tropical Storm Fay which crisscrossed the state, bringing parts of Jacksonville under darkness for four days.

Tropical Storm Fay

Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne – 2004
Similarly, four years prior to this, Jacksonville was inundated by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, which made landfall south of the area.

Tropical Storm Bonnie – 2004
Tropical Storm Bonnie would cause minor damage in 2004, spawning a minor tornado in the process.

Hurricane Floyd – 1999
These tropical cyclones were the costliest indirect hits to Jacksonville. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 caused damage mainly to Jacksonville Beach. During Floyd, the Jacksonville Beach pier was completely destroyed.

Quick Tips to Be Prepared for Hurricanes and Topical Storms

Jax Beach Pier during Hurricane Floyd

  • Assemble or purchase disaster repair kit
  • Round up important papers and documents.
  • Hold a meeting to discuss evacuation options.
  • Plan to keep your pets safe.
  • Make a list of household items and possessions.
  • Prepare your home for the storm.
  • Make sure at least one family member is knowledgeable in first aid.
  • Know your options, in case shelter is necessary.

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