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Hurricane Irma: Could Have Destroyed Florida

Hurricane Irma: Could Have Destroyed Florida

Where Was Hurricane Irma?

The state of Florida evacuated people from it in August of 2017.  Hurricane Irma was going to be a category 5 storm that would make landfall throughout the state. 

It was supposed to have the same type of winds that hurricane Katrina had in 2005.  Floridians feared for the worse. Business owners were fearful that their businesses would be destroyed, and others ran for their lives.  Hurricane Katrina had taken nearly 2,000 lives and people living in Florida feared that hurricane Katrina might take theirs as well. 

The storm Irma was a Cape Verde Hurricane.  This means that the storm was in the Atlantic Ocean.  It begins at a low altitude.  It is a tropical storm that passes over the Cape Verde Islands. Hurricane Irma did cause a lot of damage.

The Leeward Islands never had a storm like Hurricane Irma. They got hit with it in September of 2017.  Hurricane Maria also struck these Islands only 2 weeks later. 

The problem with Irma is that it lasted for a long time.    The Florida Keys and the Caribbean took most of the Impact from Irma.  Hurricane historians say that Irma was the most powerful storm to impact the United States since 2005 with Katrina. 

When Irma hit the keys, it was the first major hurricane since Wilma.  It was also the first hurricane to make landfall on Florida as a category four storm since Charlie.  People began calling hurricane Charlie Armageddon. 

On August 30th, weather experts saw that hurricane Irma had formed as a tropical wave in 2017.  By August 31, it had become a strong hurricane three storm. For several days, meteorologists saw this hurricane go back and forth between a category 2 and 3 storms.  It had a few eyewall replacements cycles. 

However, on September 4th, weather experts saw this hurricane turn into a category 4 storm.  On September 5th, it was a strong category 5 storm.  On September 6, 2017, Irma had wind speeds of 180 miles per hour.  This looked even worse than hurricane Katrina. 

Luckily another eyewall replacement cycle caused Irma to drop back down to a category 4.  However, when it made landfall in Cuba, it was a category 5.  For A while, the storm did become a hurricane 2 storm while passing over Cuba.  However, the category 2 stage did not last for long. It began to get stronger again and turned into a category 4 storm once again.

The storm began moving towards the straits of Florida and hit Cudjoe Key.  Afterwards Irma became a category 3 storm as it landed on Marco Island during the same day.  It went on to hit Alabama and then onto Missouri on September 13th.

Where Did Hurricane Irma Cause Catastrophic Damage?

  • Virgin Islands
  • Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Saint Barthelmy
  • Saint Martin

Hurricane Irma took an estimated 125 lives.  It was far less than hurricane Katrina, but still significant for a hurricane.  In 2017, the keyword term “hurricane Irma” was the most searched term on Google. 

The National Hurricane Center started to track this tropical wave on August 26, 2017.  The National Hurricane Center is responsible for tracking hurricanes for the United States.  The storm was originally in Western Africa. 

The storm left West Africa on August 27th

Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

The sovereign states of Barbuda and Antigua started to prepare for the impact of hurricane Irma.  Emergency helpers were put on standby in hospitals and shelters on September 5, 2017. 

Barbuda was told that they were about to take a direct hit from Irma.  All the residents took shelter and embraced for the worst.  In Saint Lucia, swimmers and people operating small airplanes were put on alert.  Hurricane Irma was showing no signs of slowing down.

In Guadeloupe, there was fear of flooding. People also evacuated their homes.  Businesses and schools were shut down right around September 5th.  Hospitals were storing around 3 days of supplies.  It also prepared its backup generators in case power got lost. 

On September 4, 2017, Puerto Rico went into a state of emergency.  Emergency supplies were flown in that included: blankets, food and medical supplies. 

Hurricane Irma in Florida

On September 4, 2017, Rick Scott (governor of Florida) declared a state of emergency.  There were approximately 100 national guardsmen on duty to assist in operations.  On September 8, all 7,000 soldiers were on duty.

The state of Florida was working closely with electrical companies such as FPL (Florida Power and Light) to restore electric as fast as possible when it goes out.  They had around 24,000 electrical restoration employees/contractors ready to restore power. 

The governor Rick Scott also suspended all tolls in Florida so that Floridians and its visitors can leave Florida quickly. Between September 8th and 11th, schools and most government agency buildings were closed.  On September 9th, 150 state parks closed. 

There were approximately 700 emergency shelters that opened throughout the state of Florida.  Florida also opened 60 special needs shelters as well.  Airports were also closed.  Around 9,000+ flights were cancelled to land in Florida.  Throughout the coasts of Florida, seaports were also closed. 

Yes, even Wal Disney World closed completely.  This was the 5th time that it had been shut down during its 45-year history.  There were approximately 6.5 million Florida residents that were ordered to evacuate. 

What Happened When Hurricane Irma Hit?

On September 6th, hurricane Irma hit Barbuda.   Barbuda is in the eastern Caribbean.  This powerful storm destroyed or severely damaged around 95% of the structures.  It brought great damage to hotels, hospitals and it destroyed its two hotels.  In many streets, it flattened entire neighborhoods.  The airport had to be closed because it had no power and was severely damaged.  It is estimated that it had around 300 million dollars in damages. 

What Happened in Saint Martin?

Hurricane Irma hit Saint Martin on September 6, 2017.  It swept away many structures and swept away many cars and destroyed roads.  It also caused power outages.  It literally ripped trees from their roots and threw them all over the place.

Debris was flying everywhere and often destroying stores and signs.  There was around 950 million dollars in damages. 

Here is a List of the Most Intense Hurricanes Ever Recorded in History:

  • Dean – 2007
  • Dorian – 2019
  • Katrina – 2005
  • Cuba – 1924, 1932
  • Gilbert – 1988
  • Camille – 1969
  • Janet – 1955
  • Michael – 2018

What Can We Learn from Hurricane Irma?

Hurricane Irma taught us that stronger hurricanes than Katrina are beginning to surface. Even hurricane Dorian was bigger than Katrina and would have been more catastrophic if it did land in the state of Florida. 

Hurricanes like Irma are teaching the world that you must evacuate when you hear of a storm coming into your area and prepare well in advance.  It teaches us to never underestimate the power of these storms because they are becoming much more severe. 

It seems that in the future, we may want to start moving more inland if you live on a coast where hurricanes can hit your home and community.  It would be hard to live year around in a home that is on the coasts of Florida because there is a high chance that you will get hit by a hurricane at some point.

It’s best to start preparing for the future now. I believe that hurricane Irma and Dorian were two major predicters of where weather is going to take us in the future.  Hurricanes are becoming much more active now than ever before in recorded history. 

It takes just one hurricane to destroy your entire life.  If a major hurricane hits your area, you could experience job loss or layoffs.  The business that you work in could be destroyed or out of business for several months and even years.

I believe that we are living in historic times and hurricanes are becoming much more active in Florida and along the east coast.  Even North Carolina has been receiving hurricane warnings along the coast.  It’s tough to say when the next major hurricane is going to hit. However, preparing for your future is necessary.

Always have a hurricane emergency plan in place. You need to know where you and your family will go during an emergency. Can you stay with a relative in another state if you must evacuate?  Do you have enough money for temporary housing somewhere else? 

You can stay in a campground that is relatively inexpensive during a hurricane.  If you live in Florida and evacuate into Kentucky, you may find that its only around $200.00 a month to pitch a tent and stay on the campgrounds. 

You can use their showers and stay there until your area has been okay to go back into. If you can afford to buy an RV, you can live in that in another state while the hurricane passes by as well.  You can park your RV in a state like Kentucky or Tennessee.  No matter where you decide to live, its important for you to have a plan that works for you and your family. 

Who Did Hurricane Irma Affect?

As of September 10, 2017, there are still reports of damage from Hurricane Irma. The storm’s impacts were felt most in the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S., where the hurricane destroyed homes, infrastructure, and power. It caused 84 deaths and damaged $50 billion in Florida. Many people are without power, and some areas are completely cut off from the mainland. As of early October, there are still reports of widespread flooding.

The hurricane impacted the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico at about 2 p.m. It sailed off the coast of Haiti and avoided the Dominican Republic, but caused significant damage to the island country. The Turks and Caicos, however, were hit by the storm and suffered extensive damage. Its path through the Caribbean was unpredictable, but the aftermath was less severe than many had predicted.

The British and U.S. Virgin Islands were hit first by the storm, while Puerto Rico was affected by the storm’s flooding. Fortunately, the storm caused less damage than many expected. On Sept. 4, the hurricane struck the British Virgin Islands and left a trail of debris. In total, there were about 144,000 homes without power. In addition to these places, Irma also affected the Turks and Caicos.

Because of the intense rain and storm surge, 32 rivers overflowed. There was significant flooding along the St. Johns River tributaries and caused a loss of $2.5 billion in agriculture. In addition, Irma left 84 fatalities in 26 Florida counties. It caused massive property damage, and it shut down hospitals and nursing homes across the island. If Hurricane Irma has hit the Caribbean, the damages are just beginning.

As of September 7, Irma had hit the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The storm also hit the island of Puerto Rico. The Governor of Puerto Rico has said that the island was able to restore power to 144,000 homes. In the Caribbean, Irma also hit the Turks and Caicos, leaving extensive damage. It also affected parts of Louisiana, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.

In Puerto Rico, the damage from Hurricane Irma was enormous, with more than six million people affected. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Climatic Data Center both reported that 84 people died in the territory. The death tolls from the storm were estimated at 50 billion dollars. As of the time of writing, Irma’s direct effects were primarily felt in the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands, with the latter escaping with only minor damage.

Initially, Hurricane Irma was a tropical wave off the coast of West Africa. It quickly developed into a major hurricane and was a Category 4 hurricane within 24 hours. After landfall, the storm was slow to weaken, and on September 5 it became a powerful Category 5 hurricane. The hurricane caused extensive damage in the British Virgin Islands and in many parts of the U.S. but left less than expected.

The hurricane impacted the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Puerto Rico, destroying homes and power infrastructure. The storm lasted more than two hours, causing more than $130 million in damage. In South Florida, the hurricane caused one direct death. The storm also claimed 33 indirect lives, mostly in nursing homes and in other areas of the state. The damage from Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico was estimated at $230 million.

On October 5, Irma made landfall in the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The storm was a Category 4 hurricane and made landfall at Cudjoe Key, where it weakened to a Category 3 storm. It also struck the Dominican Republic, but did not directly hit the islands. It did however, cause extensive damage to both the country and people, including buildings and power.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Irma on Florida and the Caribbean will not be felt for some time. Some communities may not fully recover until many years. While it has caused deaths, the storm has left a huge impact on many people. Those affected by Hurricane Irma have lost their homes and their livelihood. And with its destruction, thousands of lives were lost in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Was Irma a Category 5 Hurricane?

Hurricanes draw their energy from warm seawater – water that is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer – and are usually deep enough to reach Category 5 strength. To maintain its intensity, Irma had to move over such warm water for a period of time. Moreover, it had to avoid upper-level wind shear, which breaks up the rotation process. However, conditions are favorable for Irma to meet all these criteria. Ocean temperatures ahead of the storm were between 84 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and wind shear is forecast to be low for several days.

The Caribbean island nation of Cuba was hit by a hurricane that topped the category five scale on September 8. It was the largest storm in Atlantic hurricane history, covering more than 1,500 miles and holding the world’s highest rating. In fact, the storm continued to grow stronger even as it approached northern Cuba. The interaction with land caused the structure of the hurricane to break down, and its top winds were 160 mph. The storm lasted for several days, bringing devastating weather to the region.

When it hit the Caribbean island nation, Irma developed as a tropical wave near the Cape Verde Islands on August 30. It quickly became a tropical depression (typhoon) and hit Florida four days later. But, Irma is expected to lose its steam before reaching the U.S. mainland. The Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale is based solely on wind speed. It doesn’t take other factors into account such as sea temperature.

Irma is now officially a Category 5 hurricane and is projected to hit the Caribbean islands as late as Wednesday. The storm has already caused extensive damage in the British Virgin Islands and southern Haiti, although its impacts were minimal. On Thursday, it hit the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to Puerto Rico, it has also impacted the British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, and Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Irma quickly reached Category 5 status in the early afternoon of September 10. It made landfall on mainland Florida on Sept. 10 as a Category 4 hurricane and continued to weaken to a tropical depression on Sept. 11. It weakened even further to become a tropical depression by the end of September and dissipated over western Tennessee. Despite Irma’s strength, it remained a Category 5 hurricane for the next three days and made seven landfalls in the Caribbean.

Hurricane Irma is still classified as a Category 5 hurricane. As of September 10, it was the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean in terms of peak winds. In contrast, the Hurricane Katrina and Rita hurricanes were both only category 3 in terms of wind strength. By comparison, Irma weakened to a category 3 on the day it made landfall on the Florida coast.

Although it is unclear whether Irma will be a Category 5 hurricane, it is still a very strong storm. It has the potential to wreak havoc, and it should be monitored carefully to keep the population safe. It should be expected to cause catastrophic damage to the Caribbean. A tropical storm may even cause some deaths. But a major tropical hurricane is only as dangerous as the hurricane that caused it.

After making landfall on the northeastern coast of Cuba on Wednesday, Irma weakened to a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 miles per hour. Though the storm is now over the Dominican Republic, sustained winds are still 110 miles per hour, while gusts reach 130 mph. The storm’s path will affect the entire island of Florida, including the Turks and Caicos.

Hurricane Irma was a hurricane that quickly developed near the Cape Verde Islands on August 30. It intensified quickly and grew to a Category 3 hurricane by late August. After Irma weakened, it remained a category 4 hurricane for a few days. By early September 5, it was a Category 5 hurricane and a monster that made seven landfalls in the United States.

Was Hurricane Irma the Worst Hurricane of All Time?

Was Hurricane Irma the worst hurricane of all time? It certainly has the strongest winds and a record for the longest sustained wind speed for an Atlantic hurricane. With a maximum sustained wind speed of 185 mph, Irma topped the list of most powerful storms in history. This storm had a sustained wind velocity of 155 mph and was one of only four Atlantic hurricanes to hit that mark. The strongest 185 mph tropical cyclones ever recorded, according to the National Climate Service. The most destructive impacts of Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys, which had been previously unprepared for the storm.

The United States National Hurricane Center recently updated its list of the costliest U.S. tropical cyclones. Despite this, Hurricane Irma has been named the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. It is the first U.S. cyclone to hit the continental U.S. mainland. While the storm left a path of destruction in parts of the Caribbean, it did cause a small amount of destruction in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Whether or not Hurricane Irma was the worst hurricane in history is an open question. With a wind force of 185 mph, Irma was likely to cause devastating damage in many places. However, the question remains: Was Hurricane Irma the worst hurricane? Ultimately, the answer will be a matter of opinion. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Until then, please enjoy the video below.

Irma was a Category 5 hurricane. In fact, it is the most powerful Atlantic storm outside the Gulf of Mexico. The storm had sustained winds of 157 mph and caused $50 billion in damage in the Caribbean. If Irma were to make landfall in the US, it would be tied with the 1935 Florida Hurricane as the strongest. While Irma was the strongest Atlantic hurricane, it was still devastating and left a path of destruction.

It’s important to remember that Category 5 hurricanes are very powerful. Their winds can reach 130 mph and even create mudslides. In addition, they can cause sea level rise. In addition, they can cause deadly flash floods and mudslides. As the hurricanes make landfall, they can also cause death, so it is important to be prepared. It is not surprising that some people have lost everything they own because of this Category 5 hurricane.

While Hurricane Irma was the most powerful hurricane of all time, it had its own effects. It caused historic flooding in downtown Jacksonville and was the most powerful storm of the Atlantic Ocean outside the Gulf of Mexico. The storm also ripped power lines, trees, and power lines. And it caused widespread destruction and death. It also prompted many protests. There have been a lot of protests and calls for disaster relief since the Hurricane Irma, which was the worst ever.

In some areas, despite being the worst hurricane of 2017, the hurricane’s impact is still felt throughout the Caribbean. Unlike the last two, Irma’s inland impacts were relatively limited. While the US has experienced a hurricane, the British Virgin Islands suffered a major natural disaster. There is no hurricane that is more dangerous than Irma, so many islands are currently under the threat of another disaster.

In 2017, Irma was the second most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. While Irma was the first Atlantic storm to make landfall in the US since 1900, the storm is the most expensive in the Atlantic Ocean outside the Caribbean. A recent update from the US National Hurricane Center reveals the extent of the damage, with Texas already battling for its life. The worst-case scenario is the loss of lives and property.

When it hit the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma killed 129 people and destroyed the homes of six million people. While Irma was a Category 4 hurricane, she was the fifth worst hurricane to hit the mainland U.S. in history. And the island’s people had to flee from the Caribbean islands because of Irma’s high winds. It was a monster of the highest order.

Hurricane Irma – What Was Hurricane Irma When It Hit Florida?

When it hit Florida in September 2017, Hurricane Irma left major destruction. It inundated the Southeast, killing more than 60 people in South Carolina and Florida. It knocked out power to millions, and destroyed many homes. What was Hurricane Irma when it struck Florida? Here’s what we know so far. We’ll be able to better prepare ourselves for the next time the storm hits our area.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma roared into Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. It left coastal cities flooded and knocked out power for over six million people. While it left no survivors in the Keys, the storm was still a powerful force, and most of the damage was done in the Lower and Middle Keys. In the United States, it caused a $50 billion dollar bill.

As the storm weakened, Irma continued its path up the west coast of Florida. At one point, it was a Category 4 hurricane, but it weakened quickly. It passed between Tampa and Orlando and then weakened to a tropical storm near Gainesville. Though it caused major flooding in many areas, it was relatively weak compared to its previous status as a Category 2 hurricane. It killed 47 people in the Caribbean Islands and spawned massive flooding in the southeastern United States. The US government reported that it had weakened to a tropical depression in Tennessee, with no direct damage or fatality.

After hitting Cuba, Hurricane Irma made landfall on the mainland of Florida as a Category 3 hurricane. Later in the day, it weakened further to a tropical storm and made landfall near Cudjoe Key. It was a Category 4 hurricane when it struck Florida and caused more than $50 billion in damage. There are 15 million people without power, and the number continues to rise.

When Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the state of Florida was devastated. As a Category 4 hurricane, it is the first major hurricane to strike the state since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It was the first hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. mainland in less than two weeks. When Irma made landfall on the coast of the South, it reached the southernmost part of the U.S., where it weakened to Category 3 strength.

After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the State of Florida reported that the storm had caused $50 billion in damage. In addition to that, it was the most powerful hurricane ever recorded outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. As a Category 5 hurricane, Irma was the most destructive hurricane in the state’s history, with sustained winds of more than 157 mph. As a result, it left 15 million people without power.

On September 10th, Hurricane Irma hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. It later weakened to a tropical storm with 115-mph winds, and flooded the coastal cities of Marco Island and Naples. During its landfall in Florida, it caused $50 billion in damages. As a result, it has become the most expensive hurricane in Florida history. It was also the most devastating hurricane in the state’s history, resulting in more than 15 million people without power and more than a thousand deaths and countless damaged homes.

As it made landfall in Cuba, Hurricane Irma continued to intensify, reaching a Category 4 hurricane before it reached Florida. It was still a Category 3 hurricane when it hit the country on September 10th. It was weakened to Category 2 after it hit Cudjoe Key, but it made its final landfall near Marco Island, Florida in the afternoon of the same day.

The state of Florida prepared for the hurricane by suspending tolls on all Florida roads and turnpikes. Several counties, including the Keys, closed public schools and colleges as a result of the storm. Despite the devastating impact of the hurricane, the state’s resiliency is impressive. The state’s economy and infrastructure were unharmed by the storm, and no single community was spared.