5 Records Set by Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 09:50 PM

Here are five records Hurricane Irma set according to a two-page list compiled by Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach:

1. Atlantic's Highest Wind Speed


Its 185 mph (297 kph) winds were the highest on record for the open Atlantic ocean, outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean sea. Only one other storm in the entire Atlantic basin — 1980's Allen — was stronger.

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2. Duration as Cat 5  

It spent three consecutive days as a top-of-the-scale Category 5 hurricane, the longest in the satellite era. 

3. Overall Cyclone Power

It generated the second most Accumulated Cyclone Energy — a key measurement that combines strength and duration — in the satellite era.

4. Leeward Islands Record

It was the strongest storm to hit the Leeward Islands.

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5. A First for Cuba

It's the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Cuba, which regularly gets assaulted by hurricanes, in nearly 100 years.


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