Hurricane Michael upgraded to cat 5!

Big news today from NOAA about Hurricane Michael, which struck the Florida Panhandle this past October.

“Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at the time of U.S. landfall on October 10, 2018.

Scientists at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center conducted a detailed post-storm analysis on all the data available for Hurricane Michael and have determined that the storm’s estimated intensity at landfall was 140 knots (160 mph). This final wind intensity is a 5 knot (5 mph) increase over the operational estimate and makes Michael a category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at the time of landfall near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.”

This makes Hurricane Michael only the fourth category 5 hurricane to have ever made landfall in the U.S. Definitely big news out of the National Hurricane Center today.
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