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Hurricane Irma; The path of a monster storm

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Hurricane Irma's path of destruction stretches for thousands of miles and it set many records along the way. 

Birth of a monster storm

Hurricane Irma was a storm for the record books. It started on August 30th way out off the coast of Africa and then quickly worked its way across the Atlantic gaining strength. As it approach the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean it had grown into a monster, with winds of 185 mph. Then it passed directly over islands like Barbuda, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands. 

In Barbuda the destruction is almost complete with 95% of the structures destroyed. In Anguilla, 90% of the roads are impassable. And in the American and British Virgin Islands the situation has been described as desperate, with residents saying they are in survival mode.

Heads towards the mainland

From the Leeward islands, Irma glanced off northern Cuba and made it's way to the Florida Keys. There it made landfall as a category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph. 

The destruction across the Keys is catastrophic, particularly over the Lower Keys where many residents still haven't been able to return to their homes. 

From the Keys, the storm made it's anticipated northward turn and hit Marco Island as a category 3. It's the same place that hurricane Wilma made landfall in 2005. 

After that, the storm paralleled I-75 and gradually weakened as it moved up the Florida peninsula. It finally weakened down to a tropical storm just east of Tallahassee. 

Then, now tropical storm Irma, spread rain up into Georgia and northern Alabama before finally falling apart.

Major storm; All-time records

Hurricane Irma said some major records. It was a storm with 185 mph winds for 37 straight hours. That's an all time record. It was also the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic. Only Hurricane Allen in the Gulf in 1980 had higher winds. Irma also spent nearly 11 days as a hurricane... better than a week and a half. 

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