Hurricane Irma Buh Bye, We’ve had Enough! Get the Hξll Outta Here!

Hurricane Irma Tropical Storm

UPDATE:  Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical storm as of Monday morning.  The  once category 5 storm is expected to further weaken by Tuesday to a tropical depression.

Despite Irma’s diminishing strength, she is still dangerous and her path of destruction will be evident for months to come.

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There hasn’t been a storm like Irma to hit the US. Ever.  Here’s the facts:

  • Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
  • She started as a typical hurricane near Cape Verde islands and strengthened into a category five cyclone.
  • She was more than 400 miles wide.
  • She spent three days as a Category 5 hurricane, the longest Category 5 hurricane since satellite storm-tracking began.
  • No storm on record has maintained winds 185 mph or above for as long as Irma (total of 37 hours).
  • She prompted the largest evacuation in the history of the Bahamas — and potentially the largest in the US.
  • She left 1,300,000 million people in Florida without electricity.
  • She destroyed 95% of the buildings in Barbuda.

Hurricane Jose Churning in the Atlantic:

With Irma diminishing to a tropical storm, a hurricane-battered nation could soon shift its attention to Hurricane Jose, now meandering around the western Atlantic Ocean roughly 300 miles northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Jose had winds of 105 mph, making it a Category 2 storm.

Fortunately, over the weekend, Jose only brushed the islands of the Caribbean that had been slammed by Irma, such as Barbuda, Antigua and the Virgin Islands.

As for its forecast, hurricanes in this part of the Atlantic often race out to sea and into oblivion, but that won’t be the case with Jose.

Calling it an “odd forecast track,” the National Hurricane Center said that Jose should make a small clockwise loop over the open waters of the Atlantic for the next three days.  This is due, the center said, to an area of high pressure that will move around the hurricane over the next several days.

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