Felix Makes History

First time two Category 5 storms make landfall in the same season
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 12:04 PM CDT
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega declares red alert for Nicaragua's Caribbean coast before arrival of hurricane Felix, during a news conference in Managua. Tuesday, September, 4, 2007.(AP Photo/Ariel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Felix became the second Category 5 storm to make landfall in less than 2 weeks today, marking the first time two of the rare storms have hit land in the same season since 1886. "The winds are horrible," said a Red Cross official in Nicaragua. "We aren't going outside because it is too dangerous."

Felix weakened quickly, dropping to Category 3 as it passed over land, but not before knocking out power and phones all along Nicaragua's Miskito Coast. Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hurricane Henriette was poised to hit the Baja peninsula; only once since 1949 have Atlantic and Pacific storms made landfall within 24 hours, in 1992 when Lester preceded Hurricane Andrew ashore.