A look back at some of Florida's strongest storms

ATLANTA — While no storm is the same, we wanted to take a look at some of the most powerful hurricanes that hit, or were forecast to hit Florida.

One of the most devastating hurricanes to hit Florida was Hurricane Andrew in August 1992.%



Blamed for 65 deaths and $26 billion in damage, Andrew decimated homes in south Florida, particularly in Homestead.

Andrew was a Category 5 storm near the Bahamas, briefly weakened to a Category 4, then regained its Category 5 strength before hitting Florida.

Seven years later in September 1999, Hurricane Floyd was responsible for 57 deaths.


Floyd peaked as a Category 4 hurricane and was originally forecast to hit Florida. But the storm turned, hit the Bahamas at peak strength, and then paralleled the east coast of the U.S.%



It hit North Carolina as a strong Category 2 hurricane, then traveled up the mid-Atlantic region and into New England.

In August 2004, Hurricane Charley caused 10 deaths and $15 billion in damage.

Charley initially was expected to hit Tampa, but caught many Floridians off-guard because of a sudden change in course.

It ended up making landfall in southwestern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. It was a compact and fast-moving storm.