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Hurricane Opal

✯ Cool Clouds - Palm Springs, CA [looks pretty here, but was it actually a tornado or hurricane forming, maybe?]


Hurricane Opal was a hurricane that formed in the Gulf of Mexico in September 1995. Opal was the ninth hurricane and the strongest of the abnormally active 1995 Atlantic hurricane season. It crossed the Yucatán Peninsula while still a tropical depression from September 27,[1] then strengthened northward in the Gulf, becoming the most powerful Category 4 Atlantic hurricane before making a second landfall, October 4, in the Florida Panhandle near Pensacola as a 115-mph

1995 - Hurricane Opal Dates active: September 27 - October 6 Peak classification: Category 4 Sustained wind speed: 150 mph (240 km/h) Areas affected: Guatemala, Yucatán Peninsula, Eastern United States Deaths: 59 Damage: $514 million (Pictured) A heavily damaged hotel sits along the Panama City Beach coastline on Oct. 5, 1995, after Hurricane Opal pounded the Florida Panhandle late on Oct. 4, 1995.


The demoliton of the Top 'o' the Strip Tower 1995, Panama City Beach, Florida After hurricane Opal the beach tower was condemned and torn down.