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A Storm That Could ‘Rewrite History’: Irma Hits as Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever Recorded

(COMMON DREAMS) Jon Queally, September 7, 2017 — Fueled by warm ocean waters and fulfilling some of the most ominous predictions from climate scientists who warned that powerful storms would occur with increasing frequency and intensity, a “ferocious” Hurricane Irma slammed into the islands of Barbuda and Antigua early Wednesday morning as the most powerful Category 5 hurricane ever recordedin the Atlantic Ocean.

Irma’s landfall comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, devastated the Texas coast and the city of Houston, killing dozens of people and now estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) when it made landfall in Barbuda and is expected to remain at Category 4 or 5 strength as it pushes westward to the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba.

Source: A Storm That Could ‘Rewrite History’: Irma Hits as Most Powerful Atlantic Hurricane Ever Recorded | Common Dreams