A look at deadly Category 5 hurricanes that made landfall

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Posted: Oct 24, 2015 12:12 AM
A look at deadly Category 5 hurricanes that made landfall

Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday as a powerful Category 5 storm, with its eye coming ashore just west of the port city of Manzanillo.

The only other Category 5 hurricane in the Pacific to ever hit land was also near Manzanillo. In the Atlantic, a dozen Category 5 hurricanes have come ashore.

Here's a look at the hurricanes that have made landfall as Category 5 storms, leaving death and destruction in their wake:

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IN THE PACIFIC

— On Friday, Hurricane Patricia's eye came ashore about 55 miles (85 kilometers) west-northwest of Manzanillo.

— In 1959, an unnamed storm struck near Manzanillo, killing about 1,800 people.

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IN THE ATLANTIC

— On Sept. 4, 2007, Hurricane Felix slammed into Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast, killing 101 people.

— On Aug. 21, 2007, Hurricane Dean hit near Majahual, Mexico, killing at least 13 people.

— On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew came ashore in Miami, killing 65 people.

— On Sept. 14, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Cancun, Mexico, killing 327 people.

— On Aug. 29, 1979, Hurricane David barreled into Leeward Island of Dominica, killing more than 2,000 people.

— On Sept. 2, 1977, Hurricane Anita plowed into Tamaulipas, Mexico, killing at least 10 people.

— On Sept. 9, 1971, Hurricane Edith made landfall in Nicaragua, killing 30 people.

— On Aug. 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille hit near Biloxi, Mississippi, killing 256 people.

— On Sept. 28, 1955, Hurricane Janet raced into Chetumal, Mexico, killing more than 600 people.

— On Sept. 16, 1937, an unnamed Category 5 hurricane blew into the Bahamas, killing 51 people.

— On Sept. 3, 1935, Hurricane Labor Day churned into the Florida Keys, killing 408 people.

— On Sept. 13, 1928, Hurricane San Felipe-Okeechobee pummeled Puerto Rico, killing 2,166 people.

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Source: National Hurricane Center.