Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

The four hurricanes that made landfall in the Category 5 intensity.

M - A hurricane that hit Florida last year was the strongest to make landfall in the United States in 26 years, new analysis shows, BBC reports.

The NHC said its scientists "have determined that the storm's estimated intensity at landfall was 140 knots (160 mph)".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the after-the-fact upgrade to Category 5 on Friday, just over a half year since Michael landed on October 10, 2018. It brought storm surge flooding elsewhere in Florida, as well as along portions of the North Carolina and Virginia coasts.

He says city needs state, local and federal help to rebuild. "Whether it was a 5 or a 4, it really isn't relative to anything for most of us who are here".

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In a statement Friday, Bay County Commission Vice-Chairman Robert Carroll said the findings don't automatically mean more aid but urged Congress to pass a disaster aid package for the area.

And the numbers tell the story in Mexico Beach, where Cathey said there were about 1,200 residents and 2,700 housing units before Hurricane Michael hit. Both categories signify the potential for catastrophic damage. Michael was responsible for 16 deaths and an estimated $25 million in damages, according to the latest NOAA figures. The new intensity estimate was determined from a review of aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates, and Doppler radar data, most of which were not available in real-time as the storm landed. The causes included falls during the post-storm clean up, traffic accidents and medical issues compounded by the hurricane.

"We note that the 5-[knot] increase in estimated maximum wind speed at landfall is small and well within the normal uncertainty", they wrote. "It's a mess", he said. "It's a mess. But we are working diligently at getting ourselves cleaned up and being proactive and helping people get their feet back under them".

A post analysis shows the storm was stronger than originally thought, with winds at landfall estimated to be 160 miles per hour - making Michael one of only four Category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the United States, according to the scientists. Michael is also the strongest hurricane landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf cost.

Obtaining a hurricane's maximum wind speeds by weather stations is almost impossible due to their sparse locations and are often damaged during such severe storms.