Hurricane Michael

Florida Panhandle

October 2018

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Oct., 7 2018, just three days after forming as a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico. This storm was recorded as just under a Category 5 hurricane and caused catastrophic damage to Mexico Beach, Panama City Beach, and surrounding counties well inland.

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States in terms of pressure, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille of 1969, as well as the strongest Atlantic hurricane to form in the month of October since Hurricane Wilma. It was also the strongest storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. In addition, it was the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle, and was the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane in the contiguous United States, in terms of wind speed.