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      #21161 - Sat Aug 28 2004 03:45 PM

Hurricane Fran made landfall in early Sept. 1996. It was a Category 3 storm when it came ashore. What were the max sustained winds when it came ashore? Opal was also a Category 3 when it made landfall in the Fla. panhandle a year earlier. Was Fran more powerful than Opal?

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Re: HurricaneFran'96 [Re: StormLover]
      #21260 - Sun Aug 29 2004 03:23 AM

According to the archives, Fran was packing maximum sustained winds of 100kts at landfall, which would put it at the lower end of CAT 3 status. Fran and Opal both made landfall with winds estimated at 100kts.

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