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Hurricane Cleo
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Cleo 2017 peak
Hurricane Cleo at peak intensity over the Bahamas on August 21
Formed August 5, 2017
Dissipated August 19, 2017
Highest winds

1-minute sustained:

165 mph (270 km/h)
Lowest pressure 910 mbar (hPa); 26.87 inHg
Fatalities 87 total
Damage $186.7 billion
(Costliest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin)
Areas affected The Bahamas; South Florida, US Gulf Coast (especially Wikipedia:Louisiana, Central United States, Northeastern United States, Eastern Canada
Part of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
Hurricane Cleo was an extremely destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that made landfall in Florida and Louisiana, particularly devastating the city of Miami and surrounding areas in August 2017, causing catastrophic damage from southern Florida to eastern Texas. The storm was the second major hurricane of the highly destructive 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-most intense tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in the United States, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane (analysis from the JMC disputes the landfalling intensity of Hurricane Camille in 1969).

The storm originated from a tropical wave on August 5 over the open Atlantic roughly between the Lesser Antilles and Cape Verde. Early on the following day, the tropical depression then intensified into a tropical storm as it headed generally westward toward Florida, strengthening into a hurricane by August 9. High pressures steered Cleo west into a favorable environment, and it began to rapidly intensify. The storm strengthened into a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Atlantic, and slight weakening occurred in the vicinity of the Bahamas before it made its second landfall in the city of Miami as a 165 mph (266 km/h) Category 5 hurricane. After Cleo made landfall, its front right quadrant, which held the strongest winds, slammed into Fort Lauderdale, Florida, devastating it.


Meteorological history

Cleo 2017 track

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