Irma's path of destruction

    Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It lasted as a hurricane from August 31 until September 11. The storm, which stretched 650 miles from east to west, affected at least nine US states, turning streets into rivers, ripping down power lines, uprooting trees and cutting off coastal communities.
    On September 6, Hurricane Irma left a string of small Caribbean islands devastated. The eye of the hurricane passed over Barbuda, damaging about 95% of the buildings on the island.
    The hurricane hit southwest Florida on September 10, battering the state's lower half and leaving a trail of tornadoes and storm-surge flooding as its core slowly moved inland.
    The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls.
    On Monday, Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it lumbered through Georgia to parts north.
    By Tuesday, Irma had left a trail of deadly devastation throughout the Southeast, flooding major cities including Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, and leaving millions without power.

    Irma, by the numbers

    Irma's size and strength, by the numbers

    • 37 hours: While its size and strength continue to change, Irma is the first storm on record to maintain winds as strong as 185 mph for 37 hours.
    • One of three hurricanes: Irma, Jose and Katia marked the first time since 2010 that three hurricanes were active in the Atlantic Ocean at the same time.
    • 300,000 square miles: That's how much space Irma's cloud field covered at its peak, which is bigger than the entire state of Texas.
    • 200+ miles: Irma's tropical storm wind field -- winds that are stronger than 39 mph -- stretches across more than 200 miles from end to end. 
    • Record-breaking: Irma's landfall in Florida and Harvey's in Texas make 2017 the first year on record that the US has been impacted by two Category 4 or stronger hurricanes in the same year.

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