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Florida Hurricanes 1994 and 1993

Florida hurricanes for the years 1993 and 1994 was relatively quiet. Still, the Sunshine State did see some action.

To give us a run-down on all the storms that brushed Florida -- where they started, what paths did they take and so on -- I'm pleased to present the following article by Bruce Supranowicz. There's a lot of fascinating information here for weather-watchers!

1993 - All's Quiet

All was quiet for Florida in 1993 -- nothing came ashore in Florida.

1994 - A Little More Action

Tropical Storm Alberto - Into the Panhandle

Alberto formed as a tropical depression just south of the western tip of Cuba on June 30. It meandered slowly westward, then veered towards the north as it traveled through the Yucatan Channel, between western Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Alberto strengthened into a tropical storm the next day in the east-central Gulf of Mexico as it continued to move slowly northward. At that time, it was located about 350 miles west-southwest of the southwest coast of Florida.

Alberto never became a hurricane but continued to strengthen slowly and came ashore near Fort Walton Beach in the western Florida panhandle on July 3, bringing 65-MPH winds and heavy rain. The storm gradually weakened and eventually dissipated after moving further north into Georgia and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Beryl - In the Gulf?

Beryl became a tropical depression in an unusual place, about 100 miles south of Pensacola, on July 14. It remained almost stationary for a day or so, then moved slowly towards the northeast while becoming a tropical storm.

Beryl strengthened to a 60-MPH tropical storm before moving inland near Panama City in the Florida panhandle, bringing more heavy rain to that area. It weakened after moving ashore and later dissipated after going through Georgia and northeastward from there.

Tropical Storm Gordon - Which Way Will He Go?

Gordon formed as a tropical depression in the southwest Caribbean Sea on November 8, just off the east coast of Nicaragua. It moved in a general northerly direction and didn’t strengthen into a tropical storm until it was about 225 miles farther north.

By that time, two days later, Gordon veered more towards the northeast and then east, as a cold front, not unusual in the sub-tropics in November, influenced its movement. Gordon passed just south of Jamaica with 45-MPH winds on November 13 and seemed destined to give the U.S. a wide berth. But a strong high-pressure behind the cold front moved into the Atlantic off the Carolinas and parked there for a few days.

This cause Gordon to move in a very unusual manner, especially for that time of year, around eastern Cuba while veering towards the north and then back towards the west-northwest. The tropical storm, which had become sort of hybrid (containing both tropical and non-tropical characteristics) passed near Key West on November 15 with 50-MPH winds. Once past the keys, Gordon turned towards the north and then the north-northeast and went inland near Fort Myers as a weak tropical storm on November 16.

Gordon raced northeastward through the Florida peninsula, bring rain and gusty winds and emerged into the Atlantic near Fort Pierce. Gordon appeared to be moving out to sea entirely a day later while south of Cape Hatteras, but, as it intensified into a category 1 hurricane with 85-MPH winds, looped around to the north, the northwest, and then back to the southwest, heading back towards Florida. But the storm started to weaken at the same time and by the time it hit the Cape Canaveral area on November 21, was only a weak depression with 30-MPH winds. Gordon dissipated shortly after moving inland and then northward along the coast of Florida.

Wow -- that's some write-up! Thanks a bunch, Bruce, and you can check out more of his "storm stories" on the Articles page.


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