posted by admin on Aug 19

I know hurricanes are an issue everywhere in Florida, but are there areas where it is particularly bad or not as bad? In particular, is the Gulf Coast (Tampa area) as bad for hurricanes as South Florida, or is it not as bad there? What's the worst incident that has happened in the Tampa area in the last few years?

The last hurricane to hit the Tampa area was back in the 20's. Because of basic geography, it is less likely that hurricanes move into the gulf and then make the turn into the west coast. Usually hurricanes in the gulf hit the panhandle when they hit Florida, although they do sometimes hit south of Sarasota.

3 Comments to “Are hurricanes on the Gulf Coast of Florida as bad as on the East Coast?”

  1. jb196200 Says:

    I have lived on both coasts- and actually next to Hurricane Andrew- Hurricane Charley which hit Punta Gorda area (west coast) was the worst recently. It really devastated a lot of homes, and almost put Sanibel and Captiva out of business.

    History will show that the worst storms have hit the east coast- Hurricane Camille and others-

    Bottom line is both coasts can experience intense storms.
    If you are asking because you are moving here- don't base your decision on that.

    Tampa has not seen much activity at all over the past years.

    Having said that- Anything over a Level 3 storm and we (my family in Florida) head elsewhere…….they are not fun!
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  2. Dublock Says:

    Yes there is spots where damage is worse then others but this can be a random thing. Some points are more prone to others then some but this is because of the different elevations of the ground. Lower the ground is, the more likely you will experience some flooding.

    For example if a tornado hits you, its pretty bad and theres no way to predict when one hits or where.

    The tampa area is a hit or miss area. If they hit, it will hit hard. But the closest it came in recent years is Hurricane Charley back in the 2004 hurricane season. Forecasters thought that it will come hit land through the Tampa Bay but it made a sudden turn which prevented that from happening. If it did though, it would have been a disaster for the whole area.

    Other then that, some hurricanes moved past the Gulf coast and they felt some effects, rain, some wind, and some waves, for example later in the 2004 season, hurricane Ivan moved past the area and thats what they got.
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    lived in Florida for many years.

  3. shoredude2 Says:

    The last hurricane to hit the Tampa area was back in the 20's. Because of basic geography, it is less likely that hurricanes move into the gulf and then make the turn into the west coast. Usually hurricanes in the gulf hit the panhandle when they hit Florida, although they do sometimes hit south of Sarasota.
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