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Subject: E8) What hurricanes have been at Category Five status the longest ?

Contributed by Neal Dorst (HRD)

Here are lists of storms which sustained Cat 5 status (winds > 155mph) the longest for three basins since the start of the reconnaissance era (1944). These times are based on the six hourly advisories issued by NHC or JTWC.

Atlantic
ALLEN (1980) 3.00 days
IVAN (2004) 2.50 days
DOG (1950) 2.50 days
ISABEL (2003) 1.75 days
DAVID (1979) 1.75 days
MITCH (1998) 1.75 days
 
East Pacific
IOKE (2006) 3.00 days
PAKA (1997) 2.50 days
JOHN (1994) 1.75 days
OLIWA (1997) 1.75 days
LINDA (1997) 1.75 days
GUILLERMO (1997) 1.00 days
AVA (1973) 1.00 days
 
West Pacific
NANCY (1961) 5.50 days
KAREN (1962) 4.25 days
SALLY (1954) 4.00 days
DINAH (1959) 3.75 days
NINA (1953) 3.50 days
 

Last updated January 27, 2010

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