2008 hurricane season mostly spared Florida
THE BUSY 2008 HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT SEVERAL CLOSE CALLS. BUT FLORIDA HASN’T BEEN HIT BY A MAJOR HURRICANE FOR THREE YEARS.
BY EVAN S. BENN
Forget about cones of danger, storm shutters and supply kits — for six months, anyway.
The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Sunday.
Despite a few close calls and a drenching from Tropical Storm Fay, Florida escaped the season mostly unscathed. Our Caribbean neighbors were less fortunate, with Cuba and Haiti getting pounded by a succession of major hurricanes.
”This will probably go down as a nonmemorable year for Florida and a catastrophic year for Haiti and Cuba,” National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said. “But we came very close here a couple of times. Any small change in steering currents could have brought us a direct hit.”
As it turned out, Florida’s only direct hit came from Fay, a meandering, wet mess that flooded parts of Central and North Florida during its mid-August trek across the state.
Fay made history for being the first Atlantic tropical storm to make four separate landfalls in Florida: on Aug. 18 in Key West, Aug. 19 in Cape Romano, Aug. 21 in Flagler Beach and Aug. 23 in Carrabelle.
A major hurricane hasn’t struck Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005
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