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Calls mount to label Hurricane Michael a Category 5 storm

Posted: 9:20 AM, Dec 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-24 14:20:45Z
Hurricane Michael destroys Mexico Beach, Florida

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Some officials in one Florida Panhandle county are pushing for Hurricane Michael to be labelled a Category 5 storm.

The News-Herald reports that some in Bay County - which was hit hard by the fierce October storm - want the Cat. 5 label both as leverage to try and win a higher reimbursement from FEMA, but also as validation and a badge of honor for a region feeling increasingly forgotten by the rest of the country.

According to the conventional Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, the standard used by the National Hurricane Center based on sustained wind speeds, Hurricane Michael was a strong Category 4 with its measured 155 mph sustained winds upon landfall - 2 mph under Cat. 5 status.

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