DISCUSSION: Looking back in history with regards to all of the major hurricanes which have formed in the Tropical Atlantic basin anytime since 1966, there are some interesting findings. As shown in the table above, the longest-lived major hurricane (i.e., maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph) over the last 52 years was Hurricane Ivan (2004) which remained at major hurricane status for 10 days. As of this morning, Hurricane Matthew had been at major hurricane status for 2 days straight and is likely to not relinquish major hurricane status for at least another few days or more! It will be interesting to watch and see how close Hurricane Matthew gets to the top of this chart.
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