It’s been decades since most of the cities on the Atlantic coast of Florida have even felt a storm of Hurricane Matthew’s magnitude: Category 3 or greater.
Looking at the National Hurricane Center's archives, there's a surprisingly sporadic hurricane history for the state’s east coast.
The first hurricane of record, the Miami storm of Sept. 1926, was a Category 4 and Miami Beach and downtown. A Red Cross report lists 373 deaths and more than 6,000 injuries.
Two years later, the Okeechobee hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 near Palm Beach. It was blamed for more than 1,800 deaths.
Then in 1964, 36 years later, Hurricane Dora slammed Jacksonville. While it wasn't a storm of record, it was the last time the city took a direct hit.
Then on Aug. 24, 1992, Andrew, the deadly Category 5 monster, directly tore through Homestead just south of Miami.
It would be another 12 years before the east coast had to brace for a major hurricane. In 2004, Frances came ashore near Stuart. And just three weeks later, Hurricane Jeanne hit the same spot with an eye 60 miles wide.
Hurricane Katrina of 2005 - more than 11 years ago - was the last time the east coast of Florida took a direct hit. Katrina was only a Category 1 at the time, before strengthening dramatically and slamming the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts and leveling parts of New Orleans.
Now it remains to be seen what Matthew will do.
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