(Worthy News) – Nate made landfall around 7 p.m. CDT Oct. 7 near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 hurricane, then made its final landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, just after midnight Oct. 8.
Together with a trio of Category 4 hurricane landfalls in less than a month’s time from late August through late September, this is now the first time since the record-smashing 2005 hurricane season there has been as many as four U.S. landfalls in one season, all occurring within 45 days from Aug. 25 through Oct. 8.
That 2005 season featured five U.S. landfalling hurricanes: Cindy, Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
The landfall of Harvey and Irma at Category 4 strength was already a historic event, marking the first time two Atlantic hurricanes struck the U.S. in the same year. With Puerto Rico taking a direct hit from Maria, the U.S. has now endured landfalls from three Category 4 hurricanes.
Category 4 or stronger Atlantic hurricane landfalls in the Lower 48 are a rare occurrence, with only 27 documented since 1851, including Harvey and Irma. Three of those 27 landfalls were Category 5 hurricanes.
Puerto Rico has experienced four Category 4 or stronger landfalls, including Maria, which was the strongest landfall there since 1928. [ Source: Weather (Read More…) ]