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As Hurricane Matthew approached yesterday, Oct. 6, Florida governor Rick Scott urged 1.5 million residents living in the state’s evacuation zones to leave immediately. The Weather Channel issued a warning so strenuous that it went viral. And Fox News’s Shepard Smith told viewers that their children would die if they didn’t evacuate in time, with a nervous smile.

Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 300 people in Haiti and is expected to cause billions of dollars in damage. Earlier this week, Matthew reached Category 5 levels with sustained wind speeds reaching 139 knots. It has since been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, but some meteorologists say the storm may strengthen before reaching the US.

Since 1967, there have been 18 North Atlantic hurricanes that reached Category 5 strength—sustained wind speeds in excess of 137 knots (157 mph). Prior to Matthew, the most recent was Hurricane Felix in 2007. The strongest on record was Hurricane Allen in 1980, which had wind speeds up to 165 knots (190 mph). In the map above you can see the path of all 18 hurricanes, as well as Matthew.

And here they are by year:

1967
Beulah
140
1969
Camille
150
1971
Edith
140
1977
Anita
150
1979
David
150
1980
Allen
165
1988
Gilbert
160
1989
Hugo
140
1992
Andrew
150
1998
Mitch
155
2003
Isabel
145
2004
Ivan
145
2005
Emily
140
2005
Katrina
150
2005
Rita
155
2005
Wilma
160
2007
Dean
150
2007
Felix
150

* Maximum sustained wind speed

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