MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s October and the humidity is dropping, but it’s still hurricane season!

CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard says the most likely month for a tropical storm or hurricane in South Florida is October.

According to NOAA, since 1851, 30 tropical cyclones (tropical storms and hurricanes) have struck South Florida. That’s more than any other month. Of those, 19 have been hurricanes. This compares to 15 hurricanes for the month of September.

The one area where September tops October is major hurricanes. October has seen 7 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) while September has had 11.

The most recent example of an October hurricane was Wilma in 2005. Wilma was best known for its huge wind field causing a massive power outage and extensive wind damage.

Hurricane Irene in 1999 is known for its extensive flooding. Parts of Broward and Miami-Dade received over 15 inches of rain.

October 10th though the 25th is a very vulnerable time for South Florida. Bernard is urging everyone to stay storm ready.

You can still find everything you need about storm preparation and the latest advisories at the CBS Miami Topics page

  1. Chucky says:

    Too late; I already let my guard down about 3 or 4 weeks ago.

    I default to the usual plan: Category 1-2 – hit the surf, and then chill through the storm. No hoarding…

    Category 3+: bail out of town, in the opposite direction; take the ‘boards, guitars, etc..

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