Early on the 28th, Katrina reached a minimum central pressure of 902mb (at the peak) – ranking 7th lowest on record for all Atlantic Basin hurricanes – and rapidly intensified to a Category 5 (175mph).
What is the lowest barometric pressure recorded in a hurricane?
The three Atlantic Basin hurricanes (all Category 5) with the lowest pressures on record are Wilma (Oct. 19, 2005, with 882 millibars or 26.05 inches of mercury), Gilbert (Sept. 14, 1988, 888 millibars or 26.22 inches) and the Labor Day Hurricane (Sept. 2, 1935, 892 millibars or 26.35 inches).
Has there ever been a Category 6 hurricane?
Fresh calls were made for consideration of the issue after Hurricane Irma in 2017, which was the subject of a number of seemingly credible false news reports as a “Category 6” storm, partly in consequence of so many local politicians using the term. Only a few storms of this intensity have been recorded.
Was Katrina the worst hurricane ever?
In all, Hurricane Katrina claimed 1,833 lives and at $161 billion is considered the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency called it “the single most catastrophic natural disaster in U.S. history.”