Monthly Archives: September 2022

Express Lane: Quick summary of Ian impacts across the state by region

Northeast Florida Fortunately Jacksonville escaped the effects that areas further south (and east, keep in mind the coast’s curvature here) had. Heavy winds, some rain and no flooding on St Johns River or its tributaries in Duval County. However, St Johns County had major flooding along the Matanzas River and standing water on city streets […]

Assessing Ian: Why were evacuations so difficult?

In the wake of Ian’s wrath, questions are being asked about why evacuations from barrier islands and vulnerable areas were so late and seemingly poorly executed compared to past storms. Let’s asses the potential reasons why: Uncertainty in track Ian’s center was forecast at various times to hit the Bahamas, Miami, Naples, St Petersburg, Cedar […]

How a 1926 Florida Hurricane stimulated the Great Depression

From the Florida History Podcast archives we discuss the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 and how it stimulated the Great Depression and ended the Florida Land Boom.

The Express Lane: Ian and history, Climate Change, Dailey’s newest cynical attacks on Dozier

In terms of intensity only Michael of 2018, Charley of 2004 and Andrew of 1992 are in the same league as Ian. But Ian impacted a larger population than all three of those storms. Michael hit in the least populated portions of the state, Charley despite hitting the same exact location with almost the same […]

Ian: Power outages spread across the state as well as restorations in southeast Florida

As of Noon ET on September 29, approximately 2.7 million Florida residences are without power. All of Lee County, approximately 430,000 residences (about 800,000 people) are without power. Additionally, over 200,000 customers are without power as well in Volusia, Collier, Orange and Hillsborough counties. In Collier and Volusia those numbers represent the majority of residences, […]

Ian: Don’t you dare say “they should have evacuated”

Throwing up a Twitter thread I put out there earlier to snap back at critics (mostly living outside of Florida with no geographic or cultural knowledge of this state) saying crazy things.

Four reasons why Ian is the worst Florida storm since 1935

Since the Florida peninsula suffered three of history’s most impactful Hurricanes in 1926, 1928 and 1935, no storm has ever wrecked havoc like Ian has. And it’s not over yet. 1-In terms of impacting the entire peninsula only Donna in 1960, Frances in 2004 and Irma in 2017 can make a similar case. Donna was […]

Hurricane Wilma remembered

We look back at Hurricane Wilma’s impact on southern Florida in this podcast.

Ian : 1.8 million + statewide without power

Over 1.8 million Floridians are without power. This includes a growing number in Hillsborough and Polk Counties in the last several hours. Widespread outages remain in the counties directly impacted by Ian’s landfall. These include Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier. Rural DeSoto and Hardee Counties have also been hard-hit in terms of loss […]

Ian update- landfall and power outages

Ian, a Category 4 storm that could go into the record books as the most severe in scope in Florida’s history, made its first Florida landfall at Cayo Costa State Park in Lee County at 3:05 pm ET. Maximum sustained winds were 150 MPH and minimum central pressure was 940 MB. The location of landfall, […]