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Weather Channel/Hurricane Andrew

Their statement that Hurricane Andrew (1992) was a category 5 storm is false. Andrew's sustained windspeed (146 mph) was below that which qualifies it as a category 5 storm.

The only category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. this century were the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, with winds estimated as being 180 mph, and Hurricane Camille, 1969, also with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour.

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Weather Channel/Hurricane Andrew

Interesting. Apparently andrew was reclassified after the fact.

http://www.disasterrelief.org/Disasters/020821andrew/

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Weather Channel/Hurricane Andrew

Sounds more like some sort of adjustment for all the damages. Otherwise, wouldn't that mean they'd have to pretty much reclassify every hurricane that came along before, say, 1998?