Guest post by David Middleton
Caribbean battered as Irma, most powerful hurricane ever, makes landfall
Winds of 151mph recorded before monitoring equipment is destroyed by the storm, as eye of hurricane passes over Barbuda and neighbouring Antigua
The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall on the islands of the north-east Caribbean, following a path predicted to hit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.
The eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda at about 1.47am local time, the National Weather Service said. Residents said over local radio that phone lines had gone down. Heavy rain and howling winds hit the neighbouring island of Antigua, sending debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.
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Hurricane Irma Is Now The Most Powerful Atlantic Ocean Storm In Recorded History
Fresh off the back of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, the US is preparing for an even more dangerous storm – Hurricane Irma.
With wind speeds of 300 kilometers per hour (185 miles per hour), Irma now ranks as the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second most powerful in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, behind Hurricane Allen in 1980 that hit the latter two with winds of 305 km/h (190 mph).
If Irma is the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, excluding the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, what’s that major hurricane just north of the Caribbean Sea?
Almost all of the historically similar major hurricanes since 1851 formed east of the Caribbean Sea. Irma is anomalous because it achieved major hurricane status well-east of the Caribbean. The as-yet unidentified hurricane at the northern edge of the historical ensemble achieved Category 3 and 4 status while north and east of the Caribbean Sea and was actually more “powerful” than Irma while still in the newly redefined Atlantic Ocean.
Addendum: Corrected Map