Category 5 hurricanes are rare in the U.S. There have only been 4 in its history

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A South Miami, Fla., resident makes a phone call from one of the few working phones in the area as another man waits for his turn amid the rubble of a destroyed business on Aug. 25, 1992, after Hurricane Andrew made landfall.

Such massive storms are fairly rare, and it’s even more rare for them to make landfall. NOAA says that for such storms, “catastrophic damage will occur” with electricity outages “for weeks or months.”

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