Florida Continues Unprecedented Streak Of Hurricane Luck

Nov 28, 2014

Another hurricane season has flown by without a lot of wind.

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season will come to an end on Sunday having produced just eight named storms: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna.

“If this were a typical year we would have seen 12 named storms,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen.

A total of six tropical storms turned into hurricanes. Two of those grew into Category 3 or higher storms.

Only one hurricane hit the United States in 2014 -- Arthur made landfall on the Fourth of July in North Carolina. It was as a Category 2 storm at the time.

Florida continued an unprecedented stretch of good luck. For a record ninth season in a row, no hurricanes hit the Sunshine State. Wilma, in 2005, was the last hurricane to make landfall in Florida.

The previous record for a hurricane-free stretch of time was from 1980 to 1984, just five seasons.

Feltgen, who is based in Miami, is quick to point out that eventually Florida’s luck will run out.

“There’s a lot of inexperience out there, complacency out there. And there’s probably a lot of denial out there,” said Feltgen. “Those are three not very good factors which could combine and rear their ugly head if a hurricane comes at us.”