The end of September marks the end of Atlantic hurricane season’s peak. However, the possibility of hurricanes developing in the fall months remains, as the season doesn’t officially end until November 30. In fact, some of the most destructive hurricanes in history have taken place in October and November.
Meteorologist Chris Dolce has compiled a list of severe hurricanes that have made landfall in the U.S. during the last two months of season. His full report is available on WeatherChannel.com.
In addition, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is urging homeowners and businesses to stay informed and take appropriate measures to mitigate damages. The organization stresses the necessity of roof evaluation, noting that underlying blemishes or roofing issues can compromise a structure’s ability to withstand high winds and heavy rains.
Below is a list of notable late-season hurricanes that developed in the Atlantic Basin. A detailed, interactive summary can be accessed here.
Hurricane Wilma (Oct. 15 – Oct. 25, 2005)
Wilma caused $21 billion dollars of damage in the U.S. alone, making it the fourth most expensive hurricane in U.S. history. The storm first struck Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula before making landfall just south of Naples, Florida, where it produced significant wind damage and brought severe flooding to the Florida Keys and Grand Bahama Island.
Hurricane Mitch (Oct. 22 – Nov. 9, 1998)
Mitch was the deadliest Caribbean hurricane in 200 years, killing more than 9,000 people, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is also the second strongest October hurricane on record.
Hurricane Hazel (Oct. 5 – 15, 1954)
Hazel caused 95 fatalities in the U.S. after first striking the Carolina coasts as a CAT 4 storm. An estimated 400 to 1000 fatalities were also recorded in Haiti. But more damage was done as it continued as far north to Toronto, Canada, resulting in 81 more fatalities in Canada.
Hurricane Kate (Nov. 15 – 23, 1985)
Kate is the latest storm in the hurricane season to make landfall in the U.S., as winds of 100 mph struck the Florida Panhandle creating a storm sure of 11 feet.