Buresh Blog: Springtime severe weather.... Michael upgraded to Cat. 5

Only 5 Cat. 5 to ever make U.S. landfall

Buresh Blog: Springtime severe weather.... Michael upgraded to Cat. 5

April 23, 2019 — April showers turned into storms Fri., April 19th as a strong upper level disturbance combined with a strong cold front brought a 3-day stretch of severe weather (common this time of year) starting in the Plains Wed.... to the Tennessee & Central Gulf Coast Thu.... then to Jacksonville, the Southeast & east coast Fri.

There were 30+ reports of severe weather across NE Fl./SE Ga. including a few funnel clouds & at least one confirmed tornado in Camden Co., Ga.  Records were set for wind gusts & lowest sea level pressure:

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Brunswick, Ga. funnel cloud:

Mobile home destroyed in Waycross, Ga. - 1 injury - family of 3 home at the time of the storm.  Local folks have set up accounts to try to help the family recover - * here *.

Confederate Point, Jacksonville:

Kingsland, Ga. (likely microburst):

Near Callahan, Nassau Co., Fl.:

Also on Fri., April 19th.... the NHC upgraded - as anticipated - hurricane Michael to a Cat. 5 upon landfall on the Central Fl. Panhandle - the most intense hurricane to ever hit the Panhandle.... the strongest Fl. landfall since Andrew in 1992... & only the 4th Cat. 5 landfall in U.S. history (Labor Day hurricane, 1935 [Keys]... Camille, 1969 [Central Gulf Coast].... & Andrew, 1992 [Homestead, S. Miami]).  Read my blog posts "Visiting Ground Zero"... the podcast: "Surviving Michael".... & "Forecasting a Monster".  The NHC tropical cyclone report is * here *.

Mexico Beach:

Mexico Beach:

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Port St. Joe (storm surge):

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NOAA satellite:

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