Florida has a long history hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. Though scientists have made great strides in forecasting these events they still fail to predict, when, where and the overall intensity of these natural disasters. Prior to 2004 and 2005 the majority of residents in Florida had not experienced a hurricane. That two year period of time of abnormal storm activity treated most of Florida’s population to strong destructive winds, large amounts of rain and flooding and yes, tornadoes! Tornadoes are considered Nature’s most destructive storms. Florida is in the Top 5 States with highest Tornadoe activity, with an average of 51 Tornadoes per year.
If the last 10 years has taught us anything, it has taught us to be prepared for natural and man made destruction. We cannot prevent these events from happening but we can be prepared in terms of pre storm preparation and post storm preparation and planning.
We have broken this section into Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Flooding with information, articles and internet links to many websites that can help families, businesses and associations with emergency planning and preparation.
How Much Severe Weather Occurs in My Community?
Each year across America there are on average 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and 6 named hurricanes. Additionally, about 90 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $14 billion in damage.
The web links provided on this page will help you determine how your own home town can be affected by the ravages of severe weather. The NWS StormReady and TsunamiReady programs can help you be better prepared to save lives during threatening weather through better planning, education, and awareness.
All Weather Hazards Information
- Natural Hazard Weather Fatalities, Injuries and Damages
- Disaster Maps: maps provides information on significant weather events across the United States for a given year
- Severe Weather Statistics: access National Climatic Data Center Storm Data database and search by state/county, dates, event type including flood/flash flood, hail, hurricanes/tropical storms, tornado, thunderstorm winds, and weather events
Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Information
- Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Climatology
- Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Climatology (loop)
- Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Climatology Graphs: clickable map; returns location-specific graph of day of year vs. probability
- Total Number of Severe Weather/Tornado Days per Year
- Date of Maximum Severe Thunderstorm/Tornado Threat
- Hurricane Direct Hits on Mainland U.S. and for Individual States (1900-96) by Saffir-Simpson Category
- National Hurricane Center Archive of past Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico
- Central Pacific Hurricane Center Information
- Hurricane Seasons: including past tracks, by year
- Historical Hurricane Tracks (from NOAA Coastal Services Center); hurricane climatology search capability (including past tracks) for Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico (requires later versions of Netscape or Internet Explorer)
- Positions of Land-Falling Hurricanes: National Climatic Data Center; data for Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico
- Historical Hurricane Tracks for All Regions, including Northeast Pacific: by year, 1994 – Note not a NOAA web site
- Inland Flooding: During the last 30 years, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.
Flood/Flash Flood Information
- Flood Fatalities Since 1903 from NWS Hydrologic Information Center
- Flood Losses Compilation of Flood Loss Statistics from NWS Hydrologic Information Center
- Flood Summary Archive from 1997 to 2003 from NWS Hydrologic Information Center
- NWS River Conditions Archive
Fire Weather Information
- Historically Significant Wildland Fires: List of some of the most serious wildland fires in U.S. history. Some were significant because of their size, others because of the value of the resources lost.
- Wildland Fire Statistics: Total fires and acres (1960-2002) based on end-of-year reports compiled by all wildland fire agencies after each fire season.
- NWS National Fire Weather Page
- National Interagency Fire Center (Boise, ID)
Below are links to the pages in this website for specific natural disasters that we in Florida are susceptible to. Lets all be prepared, as it just makes good sense! Please share this information with your association residents, neighbors and friends too.
The following are links to additional websites that are of importance to associations, families and businesses that should be prepared for natural and man made disasters in Palm Beach County, Florida: