Hurricane Cleo
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Cleo at peak intensity over the Bahamas on August 21
Formed August 15, 2017
Dissipated August 27, 2017
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 180 mph (290 km/h)
Lowest pressure 917 mbar (hPa); 27.08 inHg
Fatalities 87 total
Damage $156 billion
(Second-costliest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin; second-costliest in U.S. history)
Areas affected The Bahamas; South Florida, Texas, Central United States, Northeastern United States, Eastern Canada
Part of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Cleo was a powerful Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that caused widespread damage and loss of life through the Bahamas and the Southern United States, particularly Florida and Texas in mid-August 2017; becoming one the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit those areas. It was the strongest in a decade and became the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States at the time of its occurrence; being surpassed by the damages inflicted by Hurricane Herman less than two months later. Cleo caused major damage in the Bahamas and Texas, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida, with sustained wind speeds as high as 170 mph (274 km/h). Like Hurricane Andrew almost exactly 25 years earlier, Cleo passed directly through the city of Homestead in Miami-Dade County, stripping many homes of all but their concrete foundations, despite significant reforms of state building codes in the time between the two storms. In total, Cleo destroyed more than 80,500 houses, damaged more than 150,000 others, caused $68 billion in damage, and left 87 people dead.

Meteorological history

Cleo 2017

Map plotting the track and intensity of the storm, according to the Saffir–Simpson scale

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