These graphs provide a historical perspective on the peak arrival time of storms in Florida and where major storms typically come ashore. As you can see, the Sarasota/Manatee area has geography and history on its side. It is not as easy for a major storm to get into the Gulf and hit us directly. Relatively speaking, counties to the north and south stand a greater chance of experiencing stronger storms. This is one of the reasons some residents have specifically chosen our area to live.