based on the hurricanes present intensity. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. No real damage to building structures. Of course, we had some tropical storm activity last year and 2003, 20 was rather active but its been relatively slow the past couple years. Hurricane Isabel of 2003 made landfall near Drum Inlet on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. By, jason Koertge, june 18, 2012 9 comments, every year hurricane season sneaks up on us and then leaves us in November with nary an umbrella blown over. Hurricane Dennis (pdf) of 2005 struck the island of Cuba as a Category Four hurricane. Some believe not since we had such a warm winter.
Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Only 3 Category Five Hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since records began: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Camille (1969 and Hurricane Andrew in August, 1992. Hurricane Camille struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast causing a 25-foot storm surge, which inundated Pass Christian. Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
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Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf and the shape of the coastline, in the landfall region. Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. Hurricane Lili of 2002 made landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category One hurricane. The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane struck the Florida Keys with a minimum pressure of 892 mbthe lowest pressure ever observed in the United States. Hurricane Charley of 2004 was a Category Four hurricane made landfall in Charlotte County, Florida with winds of 150 mph. Category One Hurricane, winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr).