Hurricane Michael Was A Category 5 Storm At Landfall

Researchers have enough data to suggest Michael was actually 5mph stronger than originally thought.

April 19, 2019

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Hurricane Michael was a storm that came out of nowhere, then suddenly grew into a monster 155 mph category 4 storm before making landfall in the Florida panhandle.

Or so we thought.

Researchers now have enough data to suggest that the storm may have actually had 160 mph sustained winds at landfall, making it a category 5 storm, joining a small group of storms that have made landfall as a category 5 storm.

The only other storms to do so were the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, Camille back in 1969, and Andrew in 1992. Florida has been the landfall point of all except Camille. 

Hurricane Michael wiped Tyndall Airforce base off the face of the Earth and leveled parts of nearby cities just outiside Panama City Beach including Mexico Beach, Florida.

You can read more about this storm here.