Florida? Try Texas. 1900 storm that hit Galveston killed at least 6,000, though now it's rated at 8,000 to 12,000. This monster tore up the middle of the country angling to Canada and the northeast.Ok so I find this bizarre. The strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in Florida was the Labor Day Hurricane. Monday sep 2, 1935. So if it makes landfall here tomorrow(Labor Day Monday sep 2nd) at its current intensity we are looking at it being an almost repeat of history. only diff is its going up the east coast instead of the west.
On September 2, 1935, Labor Day, the hurricane reached a peak intensity of 892 mb. (Dorian has currently dropped to 910mb's) The hurricane made landfall later that night as a Category 5 storm, crossing the Florida Keys between Key West and Miami, FL. As it made landfall, the hurricane delivered maximum sustained winds of approximately 298 km/h (185 mph). After passing the Keys, the hurricane slowly recurved northward and closely paralleled Florida’s west coast. The then weakened hurricane made a second landfall as a Category 2 storm near Cedar Key, FL on the afternoon of 4 September. The hurricane quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland across Georgia and the Carolinas on 5 September. By the morning of 6 September the center of storm passed again into the Atlantic near Norfolk, Virginia. It quickly regained hurricane strength, but then rapidly weakened as it became extratropical. Remnants of the storm continued northeast until it became non-tropical south of Greenland on 10 September.
And then there was Carla. So big it lapped out into the Atlantic and the Pacific. Hit Port O'Connor in 1961. My father was a Coast Guard engineer stationed on the Gulf Coast then. His ship was out at sea looking for a fishing boat in the middle of that. Mother and I lived in Austin then. She had a radio that picked up the marine band and was listening to the wind reports from the Sabine Pass CG station. Hoping to hear about his ship. Did hear when the last wind speed report come in. The Coastie said,''That's the last report. The odometer just blew down at 217 mph.''. The storm took a similar path as the 1900 storm--up through the middle of the country and all the way into the territories of Canada. I watched the eye go over Austin. Took 90 minutes to cross. Beat everything it passed to pieces. Kept an eye til it got cold.....we went through Port O'Connor the next summer. There were streets with nothing standing--just streets and curbs and cement slabs.