Mike, To help you a little bit, I copied my record of Florida storms for
you. I don't know if I have all of them in the time period. The one before
1919 was in 1880s, so I think that would be too early for you.
Information listed on the Florida "rootsweb listing"

1919, Sep 9: Key West was struck by a hurricane on this date which claimed
300  lives in Key West. The US Weather bureau had estimated the damage at $2
million. In 1990 current money that would amount to about $40 million.
1921Tampa Bay/Tarpon Springs
The tide in Tampa Bay was 10.5 feet. The barometric pressure was 29.11", and
the winds were 100 MPH
1926, 10 Sep: Today the City of Miami prepared for a hurricane with winds of
more than 135 mph. For more than two weeks, south Florida residents worried
about when and where the storm would hit. More than 18,000 homes were
destroyed, 5,000 injured, and more than 850 killed when the hurricane
finally came ashore on the 17th.
1928, Sep 6: The Belle Glade and Palm Beach area was devastated by a
hurricane. The Great Lake Okeechobee hurricane struck Florida as a Category
4 storm, with winds pushing lake waters to a storm surge of more than 15
feet. The area surrounding the lake's south end, occupied primarily by
migrant agricultural workers, flooded. The Red Cross's death toll count
reached 1,836, but additional bodies and skeletons were discovered after the
end of the Red Cross count. In response to this disaster, the US Army Corps
of Engineers built dikes around the lake to prevent a recurrence.
1933, Sep 4:An unnamed hurricane struck the east coast of FL on this date.
More than "4 million boxes of citrus were blown from the trees statewide",
according to John M. Williams and Iver W. Duedall in the revised edition of
"Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Stoms" (Gainesville: univ Press of FL,
1997). The US Weather Bureau reports that "The property loss in Indian
River, St Lucie and Palm Bch Counties, was probably about $2 million
dollars, ($25 million in 1990 dollars.)"
1935, 2 Sep:The Overseas Railroad in Monroe County ceased operations
following extensive hurricane damage. Over 120 miles of railroad was
destroyed and 577 individuals were killed by this devastating storm. The
destruction of the Florida East Coast bridges between the Keys ended the
dream of the late Henry Flagler of extending his road to Cuba and beyond.
The Overseas Highway was built to replace the railroad, using many of the
same casements. This hurricane was rated as a Category 5 hurricane, the only
one known to have hit the Florida Peninsula before Hurricane Andrew.
1945, Sep 14: The Richmond Naval Air Station, the large blimp base south of
Miami, was struck by hurricane winds today. As a result of fires caused by
the wind damage and the rapidity with which the flames spread, damage was
severe. Three of the world's largest hangars, 25 blimps, 183 military
airplanes, and 150 automobiles were destroyed. An additional 153 civilian
planes were destroyed. Overall damage was estimated at $35 million.
1950, Sep 5: Hurricane Easy struck the south west coast from Yankeetown to
Cedar Key. This unusual storm with winds of 125 mph produced the single
greatest 24 hour rainfall in Florida since records have been kept. Over
today and tomorrow Sep 5 & 6th 38.7 inches of rain fell at Yankeetown.
1950, Sep 6: Rain continued today along the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Easy
slowly moved along. In Yankeetown, residents faced rising flood waters from
the 38.7 inches of rain that would eventually fall.
1960, Sep: Hurricane Donna a category 4 hurricane came ashore between Naples
and Ft Myers.
1960, 11 Sep: Today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the Florida
Keys and parts of Central Florida "disaster areas" following the more than
$1 billion in damages wrought by Hurricane Donna.
1964, 25 Aug: Hurricane Cleo struck Ft Lauderdale with 130mph winds. The
storm continued throughout the early morning hours.
1964, Sep 9: Hurricane Dora swept across north Florida after coming ashore
near St. Augustine. The storm's 125 mph winds produced a storm surge of
12-15 feet and, together, the elements did more than $250 million in damages
(1$billion in 1990 dollars). This was the first hurricane to strike Florida
north of Stuart since the Hurricane of 1880.
1965, Sep 7 : Hurricane Betsy, a Category 3, struck southern Florida with
winds between 120 and 145 mph.
1972, 21 June Hurricane Agnes struck FL with a vengeance today. In her stay
in the Sunshine State, 25 people died.where?
1979, 2 Sep: Residents of Ft lauderdale braced for the onslaught of
Hurricane David, located about 75 miles east of the city. David packed winds
of approximately 85 mph and was expected to make landfall in the early
morning hours of Sep 3.
1988 21 Aug: Hurricane Chris battered Florida's east coast from Miami to
1988 Nov22-24: Hurricane Keith, Hit and came in the west shore of FL between
Tampa and Ft Myers at 65 mph. It exited the state on the 24th between
Melbourne and Cape Canaveral.
1992 Aug 21:Wary South Floridians were keeping an eye on Tropical Storm
Andrew as it made its way across the Atlantic. On this day, Andrew sat about
600 miles east of Nassau with sustained winds of 65 miles an hour.
1992, Aug 22: This morning, Floridians were informed that Tropical Storm
Andrew was now Hurricane Andrew, with winds of 76 mph. At 11pm meterologists
reported that Hurricane Andrew sported winds of 110 mph, and was located
about 500 miles east of Miami, and was still moving west toward the Florida
1992, Aug 23: Hurricane Andrew reached classification as a Category 4
hurricane today. Located about 300
Additional information re: the above information on Florida Hurricane Deaths.
Thank you Mr. Dean Debolt for the additional information specifically for our Santa Rosa/Escambia websites.

Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 10:36:27 -0500 
From: "Dean DeBolt"  
Subject: Re: [FLORIDA] Hurricane deaths 
To: FLORIDA-L@rootsweb.com 

A lot of folks don't realize that prior to 1926, Escambia and
the West Florida counties grew citrus crops.  Santa Rosa
and Walton Counties had heavy tobacco crops.    There
were several devastating hurricanes that struck Pensacola
and West Florida in 1906 and 1926.   So perhaps the "orange"
industry could be an euphemism for citrus which included
Satsuma oranges, grapes, grapefruit, and the like.


Dean DeBolt
University Librarian
Special Collections and West Florida Archives
John C. Pace Library
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL  32514-5750
Tele:  850-474-2213;   Fax:  850-474-3338