<p><font face="Palatino Linotype" color="#004000"><strong>View, first hand, the destruction of coastal Hy. 98 between Ft. Walton Beach and Destin, Florida, as 120 mph. winds blast boats ashore and wipe out the dune line. 1995. </strong></font></p>
1995 - Hurricane Opal Dates active: September 27 - October 6 Peak classification: Category 4 Sustained wind speed: 150 mph (240 km/h) Areas affected: Guatemala, Yucatán Peninsula, Eastern United States Deaths: 59 Damage: $514 million (Pictured) A heavily damaged hotel sits along the Panama City Beach coastline on Oct. 5, 1995, after Hurricane Opal pounded the Florida Panhandle late on Oct. 4, 1995.
Hurricane Opal was a hurricane that formed in the Gulf of Mexico in September 1995. Opal was the ninth hurricane and the strongest of the abnormally active 1995 Atlantic hurricane season. It crossed the Yucatán Peninsula while still a tropical depression from September 27, then strengthened northward in the Gulf, becoming the most powerful Category 4 Atlantic hurricane before making a second landfall, October 4, in the Florida Panhandle near Pensacola as a 115-mph
What's left of a waterfront hom on Gulf Drive in Panama City Beach, Florida after Hurricane Opal impacted the Florida panhandle as a category three storm when it came ashore near Pensacola, Florida October 5, 1995. It was the strongest hurricane of the 1995 season and killed 63 people, 13 in the United States. Hurricane Opal's name was retired the following year.