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Hur­ri­cane Michael un­der­went three pe­ri­ods of rapid in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, said Haiyan Jiang, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of me­te­o­rol­ogy at Flor­ida In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity. Be­gin­ning Sun­day, it strength­ened from trop­i­cal de­pres­sion to Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane, gained power and, within one 24-hour pe­riod, in­creased its max­i­mum wind speed from 74 mph, or a min­i­mal Cat­e­gory 1 hur­ri­cane, to 155 mph, a strong Cat­e­gory 4.

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