When hurricanes hit: The biggest threat is right now

Brett Clarkson, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

Hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30, but the risk to South Florida in November tends to drop significantly as cool, dry air from the north hinders the development of tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes.

If a storm does form in November, it's most likely to do so in the Caribbean. But atmospheric conditions then are more likely to steer these storms into the Atlantic, away from Florida.

Between 1851 and 2015, only two hurricanes have hit Florida in November. On Nov. 4, 1935, the Yankee hurricane, which got its nickname because it came from the north, made landfall just north of Miami Beach as a Category 1 hurricane, with five deaths reported in South Florida.

On Nov. 21, 1985, Category 2 Hurricane Kate made landfall at Mexico Beach in the Florida Panhandle, near Panama City Beach. There were five reported deaths in the U.S., four of them in Florida.

More likely, but still relatively rare, are tropical storms and depressions hitting in November.

Records show there have been six tropical storms to hit Florida in November between 1851 and 2015. These include Mitch in 1998, Gordon in 1994, Keith in 1988, and three unnamed storms 1946, 1904, and 1861.


But hurricane forecasters also warn that hurricanes can and do form anywhere at any point during the season -- and even outside of the season.

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