What Does Hurricane Season Mean for Sanibel?

From June 1st through November 30th it’s hurricane season again. For the Gulf Coast of Florida, the hurricane season doesn’t usually heat up until the second half: late August through November. The peak of the season on Sanibel Island is September 10th.

Every place to live has special considerations: quakes, tornados, floods, monster blizzards, pollution, dangerous traffic, etc. If I had to chose one, the possibility of hurricanes isn’t so bad. Fortunately, Sanibel has only experienced a major storm once every 40 years. And they don’t sneak up on you, so you have plenty of time to get out of the way.

Also, the City of Sanibel did a great job handling Hurricane Charlie is 2004 and was recognized with multiple awards for their planning and management during the crisis.


Looking at the past 50 years, Sanibel has fared far better than many coastal areas. From the pan-handle of Florida across to New Orleans seams much more a target. I’ve included a graphic from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that shows every major hurricane to hit Florida in the past 50 years. I’ve highlighted the path of Hurricane Charlie that hit us in 2004. As you can see, not much action over Sanibel – I hope it stays this way!

Below are images showing every major hurricane landfall over the past 50 years

Jim McCallion About Jim McCallion

Meet the "Marketing Megaphone" and Webmaster behind McCallion & McCallion. After selling his software company, Jim, Susan and kids moved to Sanibel in 2008. With his tech experience, he and Susan bring a fresh approach to island real estate.