Gallery: Hurricane Opal's 25th anniversary
It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Opal made landfall along the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 storm packing top sustained winds of 115 mph. The storm wreaked havoc along Northwest Florida and coastal Alabama, and was the first major hurricane to strike the area since Hurricane Eloise in 1975.
Since then the Panhandle has experienced several hurricanes. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan hit near Pensacola and it was followed less than a year later by the Category 3 Hurricane Dennis in July 2005.
More recently the area has witnessed the catastrophic damage visited upon Panama City when Hurricane Michael hit in October 2018. And just last month the Category 2 Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, but its wrath was felt well into the Panhandle.
Given all the hurricanes and tropical storms that have hit the area in the last 25 years, it can be easy to forget about Opal. Here’s a visual tour of some of the damage caused by that storm 25 years ago today.