Hurricane Update Page

You, too, can experience a hurricane.
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2004 has been a very active hurricane year starting in August. In fact there were a record 8 named tropical storms in one month.

Here is a recap of the named storms this season. Some of the storms have more information on a linked page. Click on the buttons below to see updates on that storm.

Named Storm Max Strength Hit Florida? Deaths in Florida
Alex Hurricane Cat 3 Only feeder bands on NE Coast 0
Bonnie Tropical Storm (72 mph winds) Direct hit Florida Panhandle (I drove through this storm when my flight was cancelled due to the storm) 2
Hurricane Charley Hurricane Cat 4 Direct hit Sanibel Island to Ft. Myers area to Orlando area to Daytona area 27*
Danielle Hurricane Cat 4 NO. Drifted north into Atlantic. Never hit land. 0
Earl Tropical storm NO. Earl had to die. 0
Hurricane Frances Hurricane Cat 5 (Cat 3 when it hit Florida, down to Cat 1 when hit Tampa area.) First hit Florida east coast at Stuart, cut across Orlando, Tampa, Gulf of Mexico and then hit panhandle of Florida. 12*
Gaston Tropical Storm NO. Hit land up in Carolinas. 0
Hermine Tropical Storm NO. Hit land up in New England. 0
Hurricane Ivan Hurricane Cat 5
(Cat 4 when it hit land)
Hit Florida TWICE a week apart.
Eye wall hit the panhandle of Florida. Center of the eye came across Alabama. Went up through Ohio Valley and doubled back out into the Atlantic where it went south and hit the peninsula of Florida and went off into the gulf.
Hurricane Jeanne Hurricane Cat 3
still building in Caribbean
Not yet. Going in circles off the east coat of Florida and gaining strength. Still watching it closely.  
Karl Hurricane Cat 3 Not yet. May just go up into the Atlantic.  
Lisa Tropical storm off Africa Not yet but looks like it could be the next one to hit Florida  

* Death tolls for most storms is still being determined. There are still many people unaccounted for in many areas.

Check this out! Here are four storms on the map at the same time.
Ivan is hitting Florida for the second time (depression now). Hurricanes Jeanne, Karl and Lisa
are headed this way.

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In case you are not familiar with what the different categories of hurricanes mean, I have talked to a few locals that have lived in Florida longer than I have and they have described it this way.

Category 1: Winds 74-95 MPH - Hurricane? What hurricane?! I went through hurricane Andrew!

Category 2: Winds 96-110 MPH - Same as above. Just enough to blow the skeeters away.

Category 3: Winds 111-130 MPH - Damn, gotta get my arse in gear and put the hurricane shutters up. CRAP! The power just went off, now I'll have Internet withdrawal symptoms on top of everything else! Where the hell is my campfire camping coffee pot, and my Coleman and Hipolito lanterns?!

Category 4: Winds 131-155 MPH - Blows your house to $hit and back.

Category 5: Winds 155+ MPH - Scatters what's left of all of the shredded chunks of your $hit around the neighborhood (i.e. kiss yer ass goodbye).




Now you can see what it is like to be in a hurricane. Just send me $45.00 (US currency) and I will send you a 2 gallon zip-lock bag of wind from Hurricane Frances. Be careful when you open it. This is from a Category 4 hurricane. It is recommended that you not open the bag indoors if you do not have hurricane insurance on your dwelling.