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Our Guide to Hurricane Season in Florida

Updated on: Feb 23, 2021 2:56:34 PM

Want to visit Florida in the summer, but worried about hurricanes….. statistically, there is an extremely low risk that a storm will impact your vacation.

On average, only one or two will make landfall on the US east coast each year. Since 1851 (166 years), 37 have made direct hits on Florida. There is little to no correlation between the total number of storms and those that make landfall in any given season. For example, 2010 was an extremely busy season, with 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes. Yet not one hurricane and only one tropical storm, made landfall in the US that year.

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida, even before the first report of a tropical cyclone in 1523 that struck off the west coast of the state.  Hurricane season is recognized as June 1st through November 30th with September being peak, followed by August, October, July & November each being about the same for activity.

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Planning a getaway in Florida? Here's what you should know about hurricane season.

Based on historical weather records, the Atlantic region will typically experience about 12 tropical storms. Of those 12, between 6 and 9 develop into hurricanes which sounds2020_Atlantic_hurricane_season_summary_map alarming however it is important to know that most of these storms never make landfall in the  United States.

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If you're planning to vacation in Florida between June and October, you might consider buying travel insurance or selecting a hotel that offers a hurricane guarantee. Typically, if your trip is cancelled or interrupted due to a storm, you can be refunded up to the limit of coverage. Note that in most cases, insurance must be purchased more than 24 hours before a hurricane is named. Many hotels, resorts, attractions and transportation offer a variety of fares or rates; some refundable, some non-refundable. Refundable fares are probably a smart choice during hurricane season.

Also note that tropical storms that don't reach hurricane status can still put a damper on your vacation by bringing non-stop rain for days. You may not be able to cancel your vacation without a penalty, but you should keep an eye on weather forecasts and plan (and pack) accordingly.

Weather technology such as Doppler Radar and Weather Satellite help forecasters more accurately predict impending weather scenarios and advise on proper precautions, evacuations and over-all preparedness.


  • Less traffic due to our seasonal visitors
  • More affordable prices for accommodations, dining, golf, attractions & activities
  • Less crowded beaches
  • Spectacular summer storms, known to be fast, furious, powerful, fascinating….and gone as quickly as they begin…with the sun shining all over again
  • Some of the most vibrant sunsets you might ever encounter

But, if you're still worried about the effects of a bit of wind, rain and high seas can have, maybe this will help you out!

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