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When is hurricane season in Key West?

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When is hurricane season in Key West?

We're looking to honeymoon in key west during the 1st week of august. Does anyone know when hurricane season begins in Key West? I've heard June 1st through November...that's a pretty big window. Any help would be appreciated!

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1. Re: When is hurricane season in Key West?

The hurricane season for the entire keys / Caribbean is from June 1 - Nov 30. It is rare that there are hurricanes before or after those dates, but it can happen.

August 1 is right smack dab in the middle.

We were married in Key West 8/30/2000. We went in knowing that there was a chance of a hurricane or tropical storm but didn't care (In fact we just missed a tropical storm by a week). We figured that getting married in a huricane would be one more thing to tell our grandchildren about.

We figure life is to be lived, explored, and celebrated. We're always open for an adventure.

Besides, it's your honeymoon - the time indoors might be well spent . . .

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2. Re: When is hurricane season in Key West?

You are correct: hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. That does not mean that there will be tropical storms churning around KW for that entire period, it just means that this is the most likely time for storm development somewhere in the tropical Atlantic, the Carribean and the Gulf of Mexico. You can still get storms in May and December, but these are extremely rare. And storm development is not spread out evenly throughtout the season. September is the month with the most storm development and around the second week of September is the single most likely time for there to be hurricanes.

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3. Re: When is hurricane season in Key West?

We go to Key West every October and have never had any problems with hurricanes. However, if hurricane warnings are issued, tourists in affected areas are evacuated. You wouldn't have an option to stay, and any money you'd spent on accommodations would be lost. Locals are encouraged - but not forced - to evacuate.