Felix Reaches Category 5


With near-surface level maximum sustained winds of 165 mph, hurricane Felix reached category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Sunday evening. Felix becomes the 31st known category 5 storm in the Atlantic basin since records started in 1886 and the second category 5 storm this year. 2007 is now just the fourth known year to have multiple category 5 storms. Here’s a list of the years with more than one category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic or Caribbean and their peak winds:

1960: Donna (160 mph), Ethel (160 mph)
1961: Carla (175 mph), Hattie (160 mph)
2005: Emily (160 mph), Katrina (175 mph), Rita (180 mph), Wilma (185 mph)
2007: Dean (165 mph), Felix (165 mph)

The current forecast track takes Felix toward the Yucatan peninsula in the same general area where Dean made landfall toward the end of August. If the storm maintains it’s current track and speed a major hurricane would be brushing the north coast of Honduras Tuesday and possibly making landfall in Belize or Mexico by Wednesday afternoon.

Tom Tasselmyer

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