Felix: first time two Category-5 storms hit land in same season
September 4, 2007
Coming just two weeks after Hurricane Dean hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Felix is the second Category 5 storm to hit Central America this year. It is the first time on record that two Category 5 storms have made landfall in a single hurricane season, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Dean was the third most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall.
Hurricane Felix. Image courtesy of wunderground.com
Three Category 5 Hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since 1900.
By 11 a.m. ET, Felix had weakened to a Category 3 hurricane. To date there are no reports of fatalities though two fishing boats are missing off the coast of Nicaragua according to CNN, though there is heavy damage in the Nicaraguan town of Puerto Cabezas.
Scientists note that Felix has made landfall at an unusually low altitude for a Category 5 hurricane.
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