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Subject: E24) How long has it been since a hurricane or a major hurricane hit a given community in the United States?

Contributed by Chris Landsea (NHC)

This table summarizes the occurrence of the last hurricane and major hurricane to directly hit the most populated coastal communities from Brownsville, Texas to Eastport, Maine. In addition, if a hurricane indirectly affected a community after the last direct hit, it is listed in the last column of the table. To obtain histories of hurricane strikes by coastal counties, the reader is referred to the NOAA Coastal Services Center web site. There are many illustrative examples of the uncertainty of when a hurricane might strike a given locality. After nearly 70 years without a direct hit, Pensacola, Florida was hit directly by Hurricane Erin in 1995 and major Hurricane Ivan in 2004 within 10 years. Miami, which expects a major hurricane every nine years, on average, has been struck only once since 1950 (in 1992). Tampa has not experienced a major hurricane for 84 years. Many locations along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts have not experienced a major hurricane during the period 1851-2013.

Last direct or indirect hit by any hurricane or a major hurricane at certain populated coastal communities.
through 2013
StateCity Last Direct Major Hurricane Hit Last Direct Hurricane Hit
Corpus Christi 1970Cat3Celia1971Cat1Fern
Port Aransas1970Cat3Celia1971Cat1Fern
Freeport1983Cat3 Alicia2008Cat2Ike
Morgan City1992Cat3Andrew2008Cat2Gustav
New Orleans2005Cat3Katrina2012Cat1Isaac
MississippiBay St. Louis2005Cat3Katrina1985Cat3Elena
Panama City1995Cat3Opal2005Cat1Dennis
St. Petersburg1921Cat3 1946Cat1
Tampa1921Cat3 1946Cat1
Sarasota1944Cat3 1946Cat1
Fort Myers1960Cat3Donna1960Cat3Donna
Key West1948Cat3 1999Cat1Irene
Fort Lauderdale1950Cat3King2005Cat2Wilma
W. Palm Beach1949Cat3 2005Cat2Wilma
Fort Pierce2004Cat3Jeanne2004Cat3Jeanne
Vero Beach2004Cat3Jeanne2004Cat3Jeanne
Cocoa<1900 1995Cat1Erin
Daytona Bch <1880 1960Cat2Donna
St. Augustine<1880 1964Cat2Dora
Jacksonville<1880 1964Cat2Dora
Fernandina Bch<1880 1928Cat2
GeorgiaBrunswick1898Cat4 1928Cat1
Savannah1854Cat3 1979Cat2David
S. CarolinaHilton Head1959Cat3Gracie1979Cat2David
Myrtle Beach 1954Cat4 Hazel1954Cat4Hazel
N. CarolinaWilmington1996Cat3Fran1999Cat2Floyd
Morehead City1996Cat3Fran1999Cat2Floyd
Cape Hatteras1993Cat3Emily2014Cat2Arthur
VirginiaVirginia Beach1944Cat3 2003Cat1Isabel
Norfolk<1851 2003Cat1Isabel
MarylandOcean City<1851 <1851
Baltimore<1851 1878Cat1
DelawareRehoboth Bch<1851 <1851
Wilmington<1851 1954Cat2Hazel
New Jersey Cape May<1851 1903Cat1
Atlantic City<1851 1903Cat1
New YorkNew York City<1851 1903Cat1
Connecticut New London1938Cat3 1991Cat2Bob
New Haven1938Cat3 1985Cat2Gloria
Rhode Island Providence1954Cat3Carol1991Cat2Bob
Mass.Cape Cod1954Cat3Edna1991Cat2Bob
Boston1869Cat3 1960Cat1Donna
New HampshirePortsmouth<1851 1985Cat2Gloria
MainePortland<1851 1985Cat1Gloria
Eastport<1851 1969Cat1Gerda


Blake, E.S., E.N. Rappaport, J.D. Jarell, and C.W. Landsea, 2005: "The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Hurricanes from 1851 to 2004 (and Other Frequently Requested Hurricane Facts.) NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS-TPC-4, 48 pp.

Last Revised : June 1, 2015

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