1851 was the first ever season to be officially recorded on HURDAT, NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) hurricane database.
The Great Middle Florida Hurricane of 1851 made landfall near Panama City.
It had quickly strengthened and reached peak winds of 115 mph (185 km/h) early on August 23 about 215 miles (345 km) south-southeast of Pensacola, Florida. Turning northeastward, the hurricane moved ashore near Panama City, Florida at peak intensity, with an estimated barometric pressure of 960 mbar.
It caused at least 23 deaths, including five when a lighthouse was destroyed. Many houses were destroyed along its path, primarily along the Florida Panhandle. Many houses were blown over in Tallahassee, totaling $60,000 in damage (1851 USD)
Animation of the 1851 hurricane season – the first ever season to be officially recorded on HURDAT, NOAA’s hurricane database:
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