Hurricanes, Storms, and Florida Homes

in Florida


Hurricane and Tropical Storm records that have been maintained since 1871 validate the National Hurricane Center’s officially defined hurricane season as running between

June 1st and November 30th. And an old sailors’ ditty says: June too soon, July stand by, August a must, September remember, OctoberAll Over


Actually a few rare Atlantic storms have been observed in every single month, and November is an active storm time.


Some areas of Florida are more hurricane-prone than others, but no area in Florida has been immune from the effects of a hurricane.  The fact is Florida remains the most hurricane-prone state in the union.  According to data from 1871 through 2007, the average number of years between storms hitting within 60 miles of the following Florida cities is less than three years. These cities include Ft Piece, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Florida City, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, and Delray Beach. Only two cities not in Florida were on the top ten tropical storm/hurricane prone cities. These were Cape Hatteras and Grand Isle.

So it is clear that Florida homeowners, including those in the Vero Beach/Ft Pierce area, must always not only be prepared for the inevitable hurricane, but must also be prepared for other violent weather that frequents the state.  Tornadoes and thunderstorms are other violent weather phenomena to expect.


Florida registers the most tornadoes in the nation per square mile.  According to records from 1953-2004, the average number of tornadoes per 10,000 square miles in Florida was 9.4, whereas Oklahoma had 8.2, and Kansas only 6.7.


While Florida tornadoes are not as large and powerful as their cousins in Kansas & Oklahoma, they are destructive and usually occur in the rain bands of hurricanes and tropical storms or during the passage of strong cold fronts which frequently bring accompanying violent weather.  They may also occur as an outgrowth of violent thunderstorms which are very common during the summer months.  These thunderstorms frequently produce winds to near hurricane strength, and can cause much damage to homes and property. 


Vero Beach is listed as the 10th U.S. city in terms of average annual number of thunderstorms. Seven other Florida cities make up all but two of the other top ten cities.


Prudent homeowners in Florida should at all times be prepared for the violent winds of hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms and the accompanying weather they are sure to experience.  Homeowners can check the state's "My Safe Florida" website for more information on how to prepare their homes for our weather, or can go to the website of a State Certified General Contractor and Insurance Inspector to learn more on inspections for their homes, and remedies for any safety shortfalls in construction that are noted in these inspections.  The time to make corrections is before, not after, storms. Wind damage can lead to water intrusion and can cause further and even more costly repairs.


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Samuel Butler is the owner of Butler Builders Inc., based out of Vero Beach, FL, and is a Florida Certified General Contractor.  In addition, his company completes insurance inspections, including wind mitigation and 4 point inspections. He is a 6th generation native Floridian and is very familiar with the damage that storm weather systems can cause to homes and businesses.

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This article was published on 2011/02/02