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|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
1-minute sustained: 180 mph (285 km/h) |
|Lowest pressure||891 mbar (hPa); 26.31 inHg|
|Areas affected||South America, Central America|
Hurricane Logan was the 10th major hurricane, the 11th hurricane, and the 8th Category 5 of the active 2012 hurricane season. Logan started out as a Cape Verde type hurricane in Mid September. It reached Category 5 strength on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Scale, the highest category.
A wave spawned 2 systems, one of them dissipated, while the other became the 13th depression of the season. Thirteen organized slowly due to a strong wave that would later spawn Tropical Storm Mary and Nick. NHC upgraded TD 13 to Logan, the 13th named storm of the season. Logan was showing signs of rapid intensification, as shown by satellite images. A special advisory was issued from the NHC stating that Logan has reached winds of 150 mph (240 km/h), a high end Category 4 hurricane. Logan continued to strengthen, largely because of the strong La Nina and SSTS up to 102 F. A large, but perfect eye was seen on all satellites. Logan reached it's final peak intensity of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a pressure of 891 mbar. Logan made landfall near Nicaragua and weakened into a remnant low. The remnant low entered the Pacific and became Tropical Depression One.
When Logan was predicted to hit South America, a hurricane warning was issued for northeastern Nicaragua. Evacuations were started when Logan reached Category 3 status.