Hurricane Anniversary

Monday marks the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Kate which made landfall at Mexico Beach in eastern Bay County November 21, 1985.

It’s the only hurricane on record that actually had its eye, or center, cross the Bay County coastline.

Kate was a category two storm with 105 miles per hour winds when it came ashore. Most of the damage was right of the center, as expected, with the heaviest in Gulf and Franklin counties.

The seafood industry was devastated in Apalachicola where the city's water tank was blown down. There was considerable beach erosion.

Kate went on to hit Tallahassee where hundreds of large trees were blown over and electricity was out for days in some areas.

A total of six persons lost their lives in the storm, none in Florida. Damaged totaled $300 million.

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