The Wall Street Journal: Hurricane Michael slams Florida with strongest winds since 1992
Already regionally-historic for being the first recorded Category 4 storm to batter the Florida Panhandle, Hurricane Michael is also rewriting national record books: It’s the strongest by wind speed to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Michael, which made landfall near Mexico Beach, Fla., around 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday with howling 155-mph gales, clocked in as the fourth-strongest by wind speed at landfall all-time, and the most fierce in 26 years.
#Hurricane #Michael makes official landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida as a strong category 4 hurricane with 155 mph wind. Life-threatening storm surge, hurricane-force wind and heavy rain is occuring. Our LIVE coverage continues. pic.twitter.com/jULyn46gBl
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 10, 2018
The fearsome top three are: an unnamed Labor Day storm of 1935, Hurricane Camille of 1969, and 1992’s Andrew.
Read: Footage from Florida Panhandle shows the incredible force of Hurricane Michael
By another measure, internal barometric pressure, Michael ranks as even stronger than Andrew.
The historic 1935 tempest ranks first, followed by Camille, then Michael, with a remarkably low 919 millibars of pressure, according to CNN.
Aftermath photos of Mexico Beach, Fla. following #HurricaneMichael. Debris is everywhere. (Photo: Tessa Talarico) pic.twitter.com/kNFPcBYTD7
— Jordan Ferrell (@jordaneferrell) October 10, 2018
New construction just collapsed in front of me in Panama City Beach from #hurricanemichael!!! It is going bad fast! pic.twitter.com/CG5R8jcUuf
— Marc Weinberg (@MarcWeinbergWX) October 10, 2018
Michael’s wind gusts were so powerful that not even instruments designed to measure such wild weather could keep up.
A gust of 130 mph was recorded near Tyndall Air Force Base, just outside Panama City, Fla., on Wednesday before the device malfunctioned and could no longer keep up, CNN reported.
Michael is slowly winding northeast through the Panhandle and into parts of Alabama and Georgia before hitting the Carolinas and curving back out to sea.
This report originally appeared on WSJ.com.