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2018s Hurricane Michael was stronger than believed at the time.

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It made landfall as a Category 5 not a Category 4, though just barely, also makes it the first category 5 to hit the US since Andrew in 1992.




The upgrade comes after the National Hurricane Center sifted through and reanalyzed reams of data. It examined “aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates, and Doppler radar velocities — including data and analyses that were not available in real time,” the Hurricane Center’s post-storm analysis reported.


The change from a high-end Category 4 to a low-end Category 5 is small from a practical standpoint, just a five-knot (6 mph) increase in wind from the initial estimate, but it does solidify Hurricane Michael’s place among powerful storms that have made landfall in the United States.

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