Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2004
Between 1851 and 2006, the Florida peninsula was battered by some 113 hurricanes, including 37 major storms measuring Category 3, 4 or 5. No other state comes close when you consider the overall hurricane landfalls and major storm totals. During that same 155-year period, the U.S experienced 96 major hurricanes between Texas and Maine. While Florida was hit by more than a third of the major storms, Texas endured 19 major storms; Louisiana, 20; and Mississippi, 9. Within Florida, the southeast part of the state had the most major hurricanes with 15. The northwest part of the state followed with 14 major storms; the southwest section had 13 and the northeast was least hit with just one major storm during that period.