Three ways Hurricane Irma is making history

When it comes to hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the powerhouse named Irma continues to make history. Here’s how Hurricane Irma’s rewriting the weather record books on its trek toward the United States.

1) Irma is the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded

Irma’s sustained winds of 185 MPH are strongest the Atlantic basin has ever recorded. Irma has obtained much of its fuel from the unusually warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Factoring in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, Irma’s sustained winds are the second highest recorded.

2) Irma’s prolonged streak of catastrophic winds

No hurricane on this planet has been this strong for this long. Irma’s 185 MPH sustained winds were observed for 37 hours straight, which breaks Super Typhoon Haiyan’s 24 hours streak of 185 MPH winds. The Atlantic’s record for consecutive hours with 185 MPH was 17, set by Allen back in 1980.

3) Irma is one of three hurricanes currently active in the Atlantic

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean are teeming with tropical trouble. Not only is Category 5 Irma lurking, but Category 1 Katia & Category 2 Jose are churning at the same time. This is the first time the Atlantic’s had three active hurricanes since September 16th, 2010.


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