Hurricane Season in the Sunshine State

Hurricane Dorian

An answer to friends and family as to why I live on the coast <3

I live in Fort Lauderdale and I love the sun, the beach, the tropical weather—but there is a price to pay for living in the subtropics. Tropical storms.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin is June 1st through November 30th.

Some years are quiet with storms staying off shore but other years are monstrous. Hurricane Dorian has made records of high winds and destruction as a Category 5 over the Bahamas. This ties with a storm in 1935, also over Labor Day, at winds of 185 mph. As I write this, Dorian is still churning up the east coast as a Category 1.

I’m from Washington state and moved to South Florida in 2001.We don’t have hurricanes there—ice storms, snow storms, hail and fickle temperatures, yes. Cold rain (brr) and sleet. I don’t miss the weather at all. I prefer warm rain, and while it can rain a lot in the summer, I just learned to wear flip flops.

Our first hurricane we didn’t know what to do—there was a lot of hype around the impending storm—so we went to a shelter to wait it out. It was at a school and there were hundreds of us on air mattresses or sleeping bags. There is an eerie quiet when the eye passes over, and you can hear transformers pop in the dark. The winds and rain remind you that you are one little human in the storm. That said, we felt better prepared for the next hurricane, a Category 3, that went over our house. We lost some roof and the back fence—but we had shutters and a safe room in the interior of our house where we all hunkered down with blankets, water, snacks, batteries, flashlights, books and games.

There is nothing that can really prepare you for being without power for days or weeks or longer. It’s good to have friends with electricity and showers!

Now we have a place to go that is inland, safe with shutters. I am, after almost twenty years, familiar with the hurricane drill. We have warning of when the storm is going to come and if we need to evacuate. Being prepared is the main thing.

Sunshine and palm trees, sandy beaches. Dolphins and pelicans! I even like the rain and storms but I don’t take them lightly—my heart goes out to the people in the Bahamas right now. I’ve included a link of possible donation sites if you are interested—I don’t recommend one over the other.

There is a spirit of togetherness after a major storm—we all want to help those affected to get back on their feet.

As to why I live in South Florida—most days the sunshine is worth the rain.


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About Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief in happily ever after shines through, whether it's a romantic glimpse into history or a love affair for today.

2 Replies to “Hurricane Season in the Sunshine State”

  1. Glad you like it. It’s pretty hot down there for me in summer. I have a cousin who lives in Michigan and spends the winters in Fla. I find that very appealing, but moving three cats twice a year would not be fun.

    • Christopher would love for us to be snowbirds but his family is here, so I don’t know that we are going too far 🙂 Three cats! We had two when we made the Uhaul trek from Washington, and one loved the car–the other didn’t and yowled the whole way.

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