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Published on Apr 11, 2009
This was one of the strongest hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Gilbert had winds up to 184 mph and a barometric pressure of 888 mb, which is the second-lowest pressure ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane. Gilbert devasted Jamaica as it raked the entire length of the island. It hit the Yucatan peninsula shortly after recording the lowest pressure reading. The Yucatan was spared as the eye wall weakened shortly before landfall. After moving over the Yucatan, the strength of the hurricane diminished from a category 5 to a category 3. It caused serious flooding in the Monterrey region when it made landfall in Northern Mexico