50 YEARS AGO – JACKSONVILLE’S FIRST AND ONLY FULL-FORCE HURRICANE

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These are two pages from the WJXT publication of Weather Guide. This booklet was included in the Jacksonville Sesquicentennial (150 year) celebration in 1972. The entire booklet can be viewed on the above UF website. It describes the behavior of some of our weather between the years 1800 and 1972.

Jacksonville’s geographical location makes it for a rarity a hurricane strike here. This is because most Florida hurricanes that reach this latitude have been reduced to tropical storm strength due to passing over land before reaching this area. Since the National Weather Service (U.S. Army Signal Corps and Weather Bureau) started records in 1871, Dora was the first and only full-force hurricane to strike our city. The closest hurricane strike was in 1898 when a category 4 hurricane hit the Georgia coast at Cumberland Island and Brunswick.

Since I will be fully retired from WJXT on June 1, 2014, I will no longer track hurricanes and monitor the weather as I had done over the past 53 years. I have a million fond memories of the many people, young and old, that I have met in meetings, gatherings, and in homes thanks to television and Channel 4 over the years. Except for the heat and humidity of some of our summer months, I can’t think of a better place to live!

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2 Responses to “50 YEARS AGO – JACKSONVILLE’S FIRST AND ONLY FULL-FORCE HURRICANE”


  1. 1 Harold I Toddsr June 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Hey george what about 1945 & the old folk used to talk about 1928. We roade the 1964 one out.

    • 2 geotv4 June 2, 2014 at 12:16 am

      My wife’s mother lived in Delray (near Palm Beach) in 1928. When that hurricane struck it blew open some French doors and she had to carry her one year old baby boy through the wind and rain to a stronger house next door. She died in 1976, but whenever a thunderstorm blew wind and rain against her house here in Jacksonville, she was always frightened because of that hurricane.


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