At 12:20 a.m. September 10, 1964, Hurricane Dora
came ashore 6 miles north of St. Augustine with
winds of 125 mph -- a Category 2 hurricane.

Dora was the first and only tropical cyclone on record to
make landfall along the northeast coast of Florida. The storm
left three people dead and a $250 million trail of destruction from the Oldest City to Live Oak to the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Fifty years after this historic storm, News4Jax pored over thousands of documents and photographs, found reels of old film and interviewed survivors of the storm to give those of us who weren't alive or living along the First Coast a sense of the magnitude of the storm and be reminded how one hurricane can effect an entire generation.

Flooded downtownMary Jo with LBJWatch the documentary film Dora: Direct Hit online and spend learn more about the hurricane in the articles, images, videos and forum below.


From the meteorologists...


George Winterling: Hurricane expert

Forecasting Dora's landfall

On September 9, 1964, with Dora's sustained winds 125 mph as it moved erratically toward the coast, meteorologist George Winterling and WJXT's news department was on air providing continuous coverage. By 1 p.m., Winterling forecast landfall 11 hours later in St. Augustine.


Historical hurricane chart

The mystery of Latitude 30

St. Augustine, Jacksonville and St. Simons Island offer miles and miles of some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, and some of the luckiest. But is that luck about to run out?


Hurricane Dora damage

If a Cat 2 hurricane struck today

In the days after Hurricane Dora stormed into St. Augustine -- 50 years ago this week -- locals tell us, "Beachfront property was going for a song."

Extended interviews from "Dora: Direct Hit"


George Winterling

George Winterling

WJXT meteorologist emeritus


     Mary Ann Joca

Mary Ann Joca

Met president on beach

Emily Lisska

Emily Lisska

Jacksonville Historical Society


Marsha Phelts

American Beach historian




Universal newsreel


Dora damage

Hurricane Dora coverage

Short film that was shown in theaters in the fall of 1964.
    

From the vault


Dora from the vault

Historic hurricane

Dora, a Category 2 hurricane when it came ashore near St. Augustine.

Historic images


Dora path

Day-by-day: Tracking Dora

The National Weather Bureau tracked the fourth tropical cyclone of 1964 from formation to impact. Follow the actual bulletins and advisories issued 50 years ago.


Dora damage

Photos document beach damage, flooding inland

While Hurricane Dora caused no deaths in Jacksonville, seawalls, bulkheads and piers along Jacksonville's beaches were destroyed and 43 homes were lost.


Live Oak flooding

Dora's rains flood inland Florida

After Hurricane Dora came ashore, it rained heavily over north central Floirda for three days before reemerging off the coast of Georgia. The storm left water running through the streets of Live Oak and inundating hundreds of acres of farmland.




Your memories of Hurricane Dora
Share your stories, photos, even old footage of the days before, during and after the storm:
On Twitter, Instagram, use #MemoriesOfDora or email: steve@news4jax.com

Live Blog Memories of Hurricane Dora
 
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