List of Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes

List Of Category 5 Atlantic Hurricanes

List of Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes

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<onlyinclude><!-- See Featured_lists#Proposed_change_to_all_featured_lists for an explanation of this and other inclusion tags below -->The list of Category&nbsp;5 Atlantic hurricanes encompasses 32 tropical cyclones that reached Category&nbsp;5 intensity on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale within the Atlantic Ocean (north of the equator), the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. They are the most catastrophic hurricanes that can form on planet Earth. They are relatively rare in the Atlantic Ocean, and generally occur only about once every three years on average in the Atlantic basin.</onlyinclude> In general, Category&nbsp;5s form in clusters in single years. Landfalls by such storms are rare due to the generally northeastward path of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere's mid-latitudes. This is caused by the westerlies, which recurve strong hurricanes towards colder waters in the open Atlantic Ocean. However, the easterly large-scale surface winds in the tropics may steer strong hurricanes in the Caribbean Sea towards land areas.

Only four times&nbsp;— in the 1960, 1961, 2005 and 2007 hurricane seasons&nbsp;— have multiple Category&nbsp;5 hurricanes formed. Only in 2005 have more than two Category&nbsp;5 storms formed, and only in 2007 has more than one made landfall at Category&nbsp;5 strength.</onlyinclude>

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A Category&nbsp;5 hurricane has sustained winds greater than . "Sustained......
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