Florida's 11-year hurricane drought to end - what's changed since Wilma

With Hermine expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane overnight Thursday into Friday, Florida's storm-free streak will come to an end. The last storm to make landfall as a hurricane in Florida was Wilma on Oct. 24, 2005, or 3,965 days ago.

The 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the most active on record, with 28 named storms. Five storms (Arlene, Dennis, Katrina, Tammy and Wilma) all made landfall in Florida during the 2005 season, with Hurricane Rita also impacting part of the state as it traveled south the Straits of Florida.

Between then and now, nine tropical storms have made landfall in the state, along with indirect impacts from numerous other tropical storms and hurricanes. Still, nearly 4,000 days have passed between the landfall of Hurricane Wilma and Hurricane Hermine.

To compare, we wanted to show some October 2005 events as a gauge of how much time has passed.


  • U.S. population estimated at 295.5 million;
  • Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was Speaker of the House in the 109th Congress;
  • Tom DeLay (R-Texas) was under indictment on a charge of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws;
  • Average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Texas in October 2005 was $2.67;
  • Rosa Parks died Oct. 24 at age 92;


  • William Wynn was Austin’s mayor;
  • The Austin-Round Rock MSA (metropolitan statistical area) population was an estimated 1.46 million;
  • 183A Toll Road was under construction;
  • 290 Toll Road did not exist;
  • SH 45 was a year from opening;


  • Former Texas running back Cedric Benson and linebacker Derrick Johnson were in their first NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. Both were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft that year;
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was also in his first NFL season, backing up quarterback Brett Favre;
  • The Dallas Cowboys ended the month 5-3. (They would end the season 9-7 and miss the playoffs);
  • The Houston Texans won their first game of the 2005 season on Oct. 30. The Texans would end the season 2-14;
  • The New Orleans Saints played two home games at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The team was using the Alamodome and LSU’s Tiger Stadium as their home field during the 2005 NFL season;
  • The New Orleans Hornets were playing their games in Oklahoma due to the damage done to their arena by Hurricane Katrina;


  • Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Lost and Boston Legal were in their second seasons on ABC;
  • Dancing With The Stars had only aired one season on ABC;
  • 2005 was ABC’s last year hosting ‘Monday Night Football’ before it moved to ESPN;
  • “Gold Digger” by Kanye West and Jamie Foxx was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100;
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ had not been released in theaters yet;
  • Daniel Craig was announced as James Bond for 2006's 'Casino Royale;'


  • Global population estimated at 6.514 billion people;
  • The trial of Saddam Hussein started. The former Iraqi president and several others were tired for war crimes;
  • Tony Blair was prime minister of the United Kingdom;
  • German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was preparing to transfer power to Angela Merkel;

KVUE employees in 2005:

  • Albert Ramon – in his first year on air in Corpus Christi,
  • Mark Wiggins – working at a classic rock radio station,
  • Tony Plohetski – working as a reporter here in Austin,
  • Tina Shively – working at CBS in Manhattan,
  • Amber Downing – in college,
  • Christy Millweard and Stacey Sladen – in high school,
  • Mike Barnes and Quita Culpepper – here at KVUE (do they age?)

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