No, certainly not. Nor was the sudden change in direction and intensity that this storm took...when just the night before I was hearing media reports that it would miss New Orleans all together and strike Alabama.
However, Category 5's are not commonplace!!!
It passed through Florida as a Category 1 and strengthened to a 5 before it hit New Orleans.
Just as with Andrew, they predicted where the eye would hit and they were inaccurate.
Seems to me, with both storms, before they made landfall, their course was either altered from the prediction or the storm took a different track at the last minute.
With Andrew, people left areas in the city where the prediction was made and, unfortunately, sought safety in areas where the worst of the storm hit.
So much for advanced weather technology!!!