Lesser Known Florida Hurricanes: Carrabelle (1899)

The Atlantic hurricane season is once again upon us. It’s time for preparation… and a little history.

Satellite view of Hurricane Andrew, 1992

Some of the most famous storms in the annals of hurricane history made landfall in Florida. The Sunshine State is certainly not alone in suffering from tropical weather; Hugo, Gilbert, Katrina, and Sandy immediately come to mind.

We remember the devastation from Andrew, Charley, Donna, Jeanne, Francis and many others, but what about the lesser known hurricanes in Florida history? This series of blog posts takes a look back at lesser known hurricanes and other tidbits concerning tropical weather in Florida history.

Today, we look back at photographs from the 1899 hurricane season, when a storm packing 100 mile per hour winds slammed into the Florida Panhandle.

Carrabelle railroad depot destroyed by the 1899 hurricane

Carrabelle railroad depot destroyed by the 1899 hurricane

After first making landfall in the Dominican Republic, the storm passed over Islamorada in the Florida Keys on July 30. The storm reformed over the Gulf of Mexico and reached its peak intensity on August 1 shortly before landfall in the Panhandle.

Apalachicola riverfront after the 1899 hurricane

Apalachicola riverfront after the 1899 hurricane

Although the hurricane came ashore near Apalachicola, the damage was greatest to the east towards Carrabelle and St. Teresa. Damage estimates reached $1 million dollars, including nearly 60 vessels beached or completely destroyed. Seven deaths in Florida were attributed to the powerful storm, sometimes referred to as the Carrabelle hurricane.

Schooner Warren Adams blown ashore on St. George Island

Schooner Warren Adams blown ashore on St. George Island

 

Unidentified vessel wrecked on Dog Island

Unidentified vessel wrecked on Dog Island

 

Various ships aground on Dog Island

Various ships aground on Dog Island

 

Vessels wrecked on Dog Island

Vessels wrecked on Dog Island

 

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