Record-breaking Hurricane Michael continues to make its way up the east coast


Michael is unlike any storm that the United States has seen in a long time.

It made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida at 1:30 EDT on October 10, 2018 as a Category 4 storm.

Maximum sustained winds were 155 mph, and pressure was 919 millibars.

The StormtTacker 7 team did some researching, and here are some facts.

  • This is the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. It’s also the only category 4 storm to hit the area.
  • This is the first major hurricane (which is a minimum of category 3) to hit the Panhandle since 2005 when Dennis came through.
  • Only nine other major hurricanes have hit before and they were all category 3.
  • This is also the strongest continental U.S. landfalling hurricane ever recorded in the month of October based on maximum sustained winds at 155 mph. Same goes for pressure. It made landfall at 919 millibars beating the prior record of 938 millibars set by the Georgia hurricane of 1898 and Hazel of 1954.
  • This is only the third strongest hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in terms of pressure behind the Labor Day storm in 1935 and Camille in 1969.
  • In terms of maximum sustained winds, Michael is the fourth strongest hurricane to hit the lower 48 behind the Labor Day storm, Camille, and Andrew set back in 1992.

Michael is definitely one of those storms for the record books, and it is likely that they will retire the name.

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