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The thing to keep in mind is that wind force is a squared function. Here are some real examples that I measured on this blog while the storm was 17 mi. off the coast of Florida:
70 mph squared = 4900 units of force
123 mph squared = 15190 units of force
I don't want to take the chance that that a slight wobble (which eye's often do) would have brought catastrophic winds inland that very few miles. So, it is my opinion that weather science did -- again -- an outstanding job with this storm when it counted.