November 28, 2022

Rocky Daily News

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Mainland US has been hit by four Category 5 hurricanes all-time

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Only four hurricanes were at Category 5 strength when they made landfall in the mainland U.S. Ian and Katrina aren’t on the list.

As Hurricane Ian approached the western Florida coast on Sept. 28, it peaked in intensity with 155 mph winds, just 2 mph short of reaching Category 5 status. It eventually made landfall with wind speeds of 150 mph.

Before it made landfall, some meteorologists on social media believed Ian had the chance to strengthen into a Category 5 by surpassing wind speeds of 157 mph. 

Had Ian reached that strength at the time of landfall, it would have become only the fifth Category 5 ever to make landfall on the mainland U.S. Some people…

2022-09-30 07:59:08

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