Hurricane Michael Category 5 Storm Much Stronger Than Thought – Hurricane Michael, intensity of 160 mph, which hit into the Florida Panhandle in October 10, was a Category 5 storm according to the scientists at the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Michael Category 5 Storm Much Stronger Than Thought:
When the storm, Hurricane Michael was classified as a Category 4 according on the Saffir-Simpson scale, then it was 5 mph winds stronger. It made landfall on October 10 near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
Hurricane Michael Category 5 Landfall Damage:
The strong storm caused directly 16 deaths. It was associated with more than 40 indirect deaths. The hurricane caused an estimated $25 billion in damage.
Category 5 Hurricane Deductible Waived:
Scientists at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued in a statement, after conducting a detailed post-storm analysis on all the data available for Hurricane Michael and have determined that, “Michael is the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States as a category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and only the fourth on record. The others are the Labor Day Hurricane in 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Michael is also the strongest hurricane landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf coast.”
The statement said “The real-time operational intensity estimate was 135 knots (155 mph). The final best track intensity estimate of 140 knots (160 mph) was determined by a review of the available aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates and Doppler radar velocities – including data and analyses that were not available in real time.”
— NOAA Communications (@NOAAComms) April 19, 2019