Irma can just add her name to a long list of hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused blood pressure spikes in Gulf County and the surrounding area over the years.



Irma can just add her name to a long list of hurricanes and tropical storms that have caused blood pressure spikes in Gulf County and the surrounding area over the years.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s(NOAA) Historical Hurricane Tracks interactive map, 16 tropical storms, including hurricanes, have made their way directly over Gulf County since 1868.

Countless other storms have hit other areas of the Florida Panhandle, bringing impacts and damage to Gulf County.

Perhaps the most infamous storm to hit the area would be a now mythological storm that hit the area in September of 1844 wiping the abandoned city of St. Joseph from the earth.

Occuring before the age of storm study, not much is known about the storm that put the final nail in St. Joseph, but what is known is that the region has seen its share of great storms up until the present date.

If you followed the track of Hurricane Irma over the past couple weeks you could easily draw a comparison between Irma and one of Florida’s most famous storms, the Labor Day storm of 1935.

That storm, the most intense hurricane at landfall in United State history, decimated the Florida Keys, killing 435 people on its course by the Bahamas, through the Keys and up the western side of the Florida peninsula.

According to data from the National Hurricane Center, Irma now measures as the seventh-strongest storm to make landfall in the United States with a minimum central pressure of 929 millibars.

The first recorded American hurricane was in 1523 when an unnamed storm sank multiple Spanish ships off the coast of Florida.

In 1906, a hurricane struck near Mobile and sent a storm surge of 14 feet over Santa Rosa Island.

On Sept. 4, 1915, a Category 1 hurricane with winds measuring 90 mph came from the south and bisected St. Joseph’s Peninsula before weakening out as it made its way north.

Nine years later on Sept. 15, 1924, another Category 1 storm hit Port St. Joe with winds of 80 mph.

While that storm did minimal damage, it did wash ashore two fishing vessels and sink a schooner near Carrabelle.

In October 1947, a tropical storm crossed to the north of Gulf County on its way west before making an about face near Destin and then returning directly over Gulf County before finishing out its course in the north.

In 1950, Hurricane Easy had its path dead set on Cape San Blas before making an abrupt turn eastward and making landfall near Cedar Key.

On July 22, 1970, Tropical Storm Becky made landfall near Port St. Joe as a tropical depression.

While the storm had become weakened, it resulted in flooding in Tallahassee as well multiple reporting of tornadoes and resulted in one death in Georgia.

Mexico Beach hasn’t been spared either.

On June 19, 1972, Hurricane Agnes made landfall near the Gulfside village, and while only a Category 1, Agnes would do a great deal of damage far to the north, causing major flooding in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, while causing 128 deaths.

On Sept. 23, 1975, Hurricane Eloise made landfall near Panama City and caused $150 million in damage in the Panhandle.

Mexico Beach was again the landfall point in 1985 when Hurricane Kate, a Category 2 storm, made landfall there.

In 1995, Hurricane Opal hit the Panhandle as a Category 3 and caused over $5 billion in damage.

Countless other storms have churned the waters of St. Joseph Bay throughout history.