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ATMOSPHERE ACADEMY: What was the biggest, baddest of all tropical systems?

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- When it comes to tropical systems, which was the "baddest of the bad?" The most intense tropical system on record was also the largest: Super Typhoon Tip.

The storm reached its maximum intensity on October 12, 1979, while located about 500 miles northwest of Guam. At this time, the barometric pressure fell to 25.69 inches. Compare this to Hurricane Andrew, which had a reading of 27.23 inches. Remember, the lower the pressure the stronger the winds.

Tip's sustained winds topped at 190 mph, with estimated gusts over 220 mph. Most impressive of all, the size of the storm. Tip measure nearly 1,400 miles in diameter, covering a territory roughly the size of the western United States.

There has never been another like it, and that's a good thing.

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