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Hurricane Season 2023

Florida storm season quiet since Idalia


It’s been over a month since Hurricane Idalia landed in Florida’s Big Bend region, eventually mowing through Georgia and South Carolina before dissipating on September 8th.

While the state and local governments focus on clean-up and recovery, there is the possibility that Florida could contend with another storm between now and Nov. 30th – the end of hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Although November hurricanes are few and far between in Florida, the most recent one struck less than a year ago.

In November 2022, more than a month after Hurricane Ian swept through southern Florida, killing 149 people and causing a record number of damage, Hurricane Nicole made landfall north of Port Saint Lucie as a Category 1 storm. According to an NHC report, Nicole caused five indirect fatalities, and 300,000 homes and businesses in Florida’s Atlantic Coast region lost power.

However, a strong November storm is typically an anomaly.

The last hurricane before Nicole to make landfall during the penultimate month was Kate in 1985. Hurricane Kate struck the coastline east of Panama City Beach on Nov. 21, 1985, as a Category 2 storm.

The NHC is tracking Tropical Storm Sean, but no coastal watches or warnings exist. Closer to the West African coast, the NHC is also tracking a disturbance it says it expects to evolve into a tropical depression sometime next week.

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