What category was Irma when it hit Central Florida?
The 115 mph winds battered the barrier reef island the evening of the 10th as the powerful hurricane continued a path generally northward. On Sept. 11, the category 2 hurricane barreled through the Ft. Meyers/Naples area of southwest Florida, reaching Central Florida by 6 that morning as a category 1 hurricane.
Is Ian bigger than Irma?
Ian is a larger storm than Irma, in terms of size of strong wind and rain areas.
What category was Irma?
Where did Ian make landfall?
On Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa in southwestern Florida as a dangerous, high-end Category 4 storm after plowing a path of destruction through the Caribbean, bringing particularly heavy rainfall and dangerous surf to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba.
Was Irma or Katrina worse?
Katrina still takes the first spot on the list as both the most expensive and deadliest hurricane in modern American history. Excluding Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Irma was the most expensive in Florida’s history, with total U.S. damage at approximately $50 billion.
Has a Category 5 ever hit Florida?
Those Category 5 storms, with maximum sustained winds of 157 miles per hour or more as measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale, all hit the U.S. on the Gulf Coast — three in Florida and one in Mississippi.
How far inland did Ian surge go?
Water levels rose more than seven feet in the Caloosahatchee River that separates Cape Coral and Fort Myers, as measured some 20 miles inland from the gulf.
What is the deadliest hurricane in Florida history?
Florida’s deadliest hurricane ever is the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, which killed more than 2,500 people. The exact number of deaths remains unknown and historians say it could have been much higher. It is the second deadliest hurricane to strike the United States, behind the 1900 Galveston Hurricane.
Which was worse Hurricane Michael or Ian?
When looking just at Florida, Ian enters a 3-way tie for the fourth strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the state by maximum sustained winds, surpassed in order by the Labor Day Hurricane (185 mph), 1992′s Hurricane Andrew (165 mph) and 2018′s Hurricane Michael (160 mph).
Was Irma a Category 5?
Another eyewall replacement cycle caused Irma to weaken back to a Category 4 hurricane, but the storm re-attained Category 5 status before making landfall in Cuba.