Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, the maximum activity being in early to mid-September.
The book Florida’s Hurricane History shows that Alachua County has been in the path of many hurricanes.
"In this book, Jay Barnes offers an informative look at Florida's hurricane history. Drawing on meteorological research, news reports, first-person accounts, maps, and historical photographs, he traces all of the notable hurricanes that have affected the state over the last four-and-a-half centuries, from the great storms of the early colonial period to the devastating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 - Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, and Wilma."
"What is it like to witness a hurricane? This book looks at Hurricane Sandy and other major storms, using firsthand accounts to describe events and people's experiences, providing multiple perspectives from eyewitnesses, survivors, the emergency services, scientists, and the media."--Provided by publisher.
NOA's National Hurricane Center has a lot of interesting information, including information on preparation, storm surges, and hurricanes in history. Ready.gov has a link for the "go bag," or Disaster Supply Kit.
Image at left: detail from a Monument to the victims of the Category 5 hurricane on Labor Day 1935