Disaster Impact Analysis


Destroyed cotton field after Hurricane Michael
(October 2018) Source: UF-IFAS

Since 1980, the State of Florida has experienced 48 major natural disasters, including hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, droughts, flooding, freezes and other severe weather events. On average, these disasters are associated with a total of $5 - $10 billion in economic losses for the State of Florida each year (NOAA NCEI, 2018). Not surprisingly, natural disasters can cause a variety of damages that result in economic losses to many segments of production agriculture. The Economic Impact Analysis Program is recognized as a reliable and unbiased source for timely provision of credible estimates of the agricultural losses associated with natural disasters.

Hurricane Michael (2018)

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL on October 10, 2018 as a category four hurricane with peak winds of 155 miles per hour, making it the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the Florida panhandle. Hurricane Michael significantly impacted Florida agriculture, causing widespread crop and timber losses across Northwest Florida. 


Path of Hurricane Michael 2018

Windswath associated with Hurricane Michael (October 2018)
Data source: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center

A preliminary assessment of the agricultural losses associated with Hurricane Michael is available HERE.

An updated assessment of the agricultural losses associated with Hurricane Michael including county-level breakdowns is available HERE.

Agricultural Disaster Survey

The Economic Impact Analysis Program has developed an online survey instrument to assist UF-IFAS Extension in collecting disaster impact information using the Qualtrics® survey system. The online survey instrument is designed to allow for more timely and accurate reporting on observed damages.


Uprooted trees in the path of Hurricane
Irma (September 2017) Source: UF-IFAS

 

A report describing the online survey instrument will be online soon.

 

Hurricane Irma (2017)

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10, 2017 as a category four hurricane, then continued on a northerly path along the west side of the Florida peninsula, bringing hurricane and tropical storm force winds, heavy rains, and flooding to nearly every community in the state. Hurricane Irma’s path was particularly devastating for Florida agriculture, causing widespread property damages and unprecedented crop and livestock losses throughout the state. In the weeks and months afterward, the Economic Impact Analysis Program released reports on the agricultural losses at both the state and county levels.

Path of Hurricane Irma 2016

Windswath associated with Hurricane Irma (September 2018)
Data source: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Hurricane Center

 

Path of Hurricane Michael 2018

Timeline and distribution of power outages associated with Hurricane Irma
(September 2017) Source: US Energy Information Administration


Flooded orange grove after Hurricane Irma
(September 2017) Source: UF-IFAS


A county level assessment of the agricultural losses associated with Hurricane Irma is available HERE.

Reference:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2018). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/