Category 5 hurricanes are rare in the U.S. There have only been 4 in its history
Category 5 hurricanes are rare in the U.S. There have only been 4 in its history Ian has come shorewards on Florida’s Bay Coast with winds of 155 miles each hour, setting it barely short of a Class 5 tempest — a positioning common by just four tropical storms of that strength known to have made landfall in the mainland U.S.
Those Classification 5 tempests, with most extreme supported breezes of 157 miles each hour or more as estimated by the Saffir-Simpson scale, all hit the U.S. on the Bay Coast — three in Florida and one in Mississippi.
The Public Typhoon Place depicts Classification 5 tempests like this: “Disastrous harm will happen: A high level of outlined homes will be obliterated, with all out rooftop disappointment and wall breakdown. Fallen trees and power shafts will disconnect neighborhoods. Blackouts will keep going for quite a long time to perhaps months. The majority of the area will be dreadful for weeks or months.”
Although Category 5 storms are by definition the strongest, hurricanes such as Katrina, which made landfall near New Orleans as a Category 3 in 2005, and Maria, which made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 in 2017, have often been more devastating in loss of life and financial impact.
Here, we look back at four storms that hit the U.S. as a Category 5.
1935 Labor Day Hurricane
The 1935 Work Day Typhoon is viewed as the most grounded storm at any point recorded to make landfall in the U.S., crushing into the Florida Keys on Sept. 2, 1935, with winds of 185 mph. It killed an expected 409 individuals. In spite of the fact that it advanced up the U.S. East Coast, “basically all misfortunes from the storm were experienced in Florida, with most happening in the Florida Keys. An area of obliteration 40 [miles] wide happened across the Keys, from only south of Key Largo to only north of Long distance race. Most synthetic designs were obliterated by the typhoon’s Classification 5 breezes, which blasted on occasion to more than 200 mph, and the total immersion of the islands by a 15-20 ft storm flood,” as indicated by Typhoons: Science and Society, a site show to the College of Rhode Island’s Doctoral level college of Oceanography.
Hurricane Camille (1969)
Hurricane Camille, the second-strongest storm on record to come ashore in the continental U.S., had sustained winds of more than 170 mph when it hit Mississippi in the late evening of Aug. 17, 1969. More than 250 people were killed, many in Virginia due to massive flooding the storm brought to that state. Camille tracked north-northwest across the Gulf of Mexico, becoming a Category 5 the day before making landfall.
The Public Maritime and Barometrical Organization (NOAA) says: “The effects of Storm Camille were felt across a large part of the southeast U.S., particularly southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama. The vast majority of the inland harm was a consequence of fallen trees and electrical cables, while harm on the quick coast was brought about by both breeze and tempest flood. Networks saw homes and structures harmed or annihilated, fallen trees, and overflowed streets. Also, crops in Mississippi and Alabama endured a colossal shot — peach and walnut plantations were totally obliterated, and in excess of 20,000 sections of land of corn were straightened. Most of the yield harm — around 90% — was because of the great breezes while simply 10% is credited to the serious precipitation.”
Hurricane Andrew (1992)
On Aug. 24, 1992, Andrew made landfall in South Miami-Dade Region with most extreme supported breezes of 165 mph. Albeit 23 passings were straightforwardly credited to the tempest, “Storm Andrew obliterated in excess of 50,000 homes and caused an expected $26 billion in harm, making it at the time the most costly catastrophic event in US history, not to be outperformed until Typhoon Katrina 13 years after the fact,” NOAA says.
Hurricane Michael (2018)
Typhoon Michael made landfall in the Florida Beg on Oct. 10, 2018, as a Classification 5 tempest, with greatest supported breezes of 161 mph. According to the Public Weather conditions Administration, “Wind and tempest flood caused horrendous harm, especially in the Panama City Ocean side and Mexico Ocean side regions. Eight direct fatalities were accounted for: seven in Florida and one in Georgia. Also, 43 roundabout passings were credited to the tempest.”