Hurricane Anxiety

There once was a gentleman who asked another gentleman if hurricanes hit Sarasota, Florida. The other gentleman said that it is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when”. Sarasota, Florida is in a hurricane zone and even though they do not get many direct hits from hurricanes they do receive a few minor close calls.

The last major hurricane to directly hit Sarasota County was in 1944. That hurricane back then had 100+ mph winds. According to the Sarasota County History Center there has not been a direct hit for more than a century.

However, it all depends on what you consider a direct hit. Most people consider a direct hit as when a hurricane has its eye pass over a location. Hurricane Donna in 1960, had headwinds of 90 to 100 mph in Sarasota County. The city of Sarasota since 1871 has had only 32 tropical systems that have approached within 60 miles.

There is no doubt that living in a hurricane zone can produce a tremendous amount of anxiety for its residents. For residents of Florida a hurricane warning may be a regular yearly event but at least these warnings are given with plenty of time to prepare.

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