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Florida's hurricane season is not over yet

October is near the end of hurricane season, but it's not over yet. Currents in the Caribbean mean Florida's west coast is particularly susceptible to big storms this month.

Since people began keeping records of the Atlantic storm season in 1852, Florida has been hit by 74 tropical storms or hurricanes in the last three months of the year, including the largest one to ever hit the Tampa Bay area. That 1921 storm, a Category 3, caused at least six deaths and $1 million to $10 million in damage.

In this graphic, the dots show the date, month, year and strength at landfall of all the storms that have hit Florida in the past two months of hurricane season over the last 157 years, while the map shows where they struck.

Darla Cameron and Craig Pittman, Times staff writers

Read more about the 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane. Visit gohydrology.org to see an interactive version of the chart below.

Florida's hurricane season is not over yet 10/03/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 7:53am]
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