The Latest Update on Hurricane Irma

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Slated to be the most damaging Atlantic hurricane in the past decade, Hurricane Irma made its landfall in the state of Florida lately. It is described to be a tropical cyclone that seems to be slowly declining. Hurricanes are described as tropical storms or cycles that are witnessed in the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. You may also find it enlightening to learn that cyclones are observed in the Indian and South Pacific oceans: and typhoons are perceived in the Northwestern belt of the Pacific Ocean.

Hurricane Irma
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After the Katrina hurricane that occurred in the year 2005, Irma is found to be the second most intensive hurricane that was experienced in the United States.

On August 30, a tropical wave, which veered off 2 days from the West African coast, was responsible for the advent of Irma from the nearby vicinity of Cape Verne Islands.

As a result of favorable climates, its intensity is known to have reduced and it entered the category 2 for a short period after it was formed within a 24-hour period. After a brief period, it became a Category 3 hurricane. Over the next couple of days, its intensity did seem to fluctuate as a result of concentric eyewall cycles.

Hurricane Irma
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Then, on September 5, it was hailed to be a Category 5 hurricane; and the subsequent day its intensity and pressure heightened to a significant extent and was recorded to be the most severe tropical cyclone in the year 2017 on a worldwide basis.

As it flowed around Cuba, its intensity lowered to Category 3. On September 10, it touched Category 4 as it passed through Florida Keys and Cuba and made its landfall on Cudjoe Key. It was the first time in 2017 that 2 hurricanes reaching Category 4 made their landfall in the United States in 1 year. Two weeks earlier, Hurricane Harvey is known to have made its landfall in Texas.

Portions of Cuban capital Havana submerged in Water
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When Irma made its landfall a second time in Florida, this time on Marco Island, it had lowered to Category 3 status. The latter part of that same day, it dropped to Category 2. This was the first time in over a week that it had reached beneath the hurricane class. After Hurricane Wilma that struck in 2005, it is only Hurricane Irma that was recorded to be the first major hurricane to reach the coast of Florida.

At Bonita Springs, Florida, before and after the storm
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On the Category 5 scale, Irma caused cataclysmic destruction in Saint Martin, the Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Saint Barthélemy, and Barbuda. A total of 29 deaths were caused due to these incidences.  There were 4 deaths in Saint Martin, the United States Virgin Islands recorded 4 deaths, 11 bodies were recovered from the French West Indies, the death toll in the contiguous United States amounted to 4, Puerto Rico documented 3 deaths, and there was 1 death each in Barbados, Anguilla, and Barbuda.

Hurricane Irma Crashes Across Northern Cuba
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At the affected areas, the communication lines at the hotels were down and there no lighting solutions as well. Refreshments and eatables were being distributed by the rescue services personnel.

Our prayers are with those who have lost their family members. Rescue operations are underway. We are sure that the afflicted people will find the resilience to overcome the death and destruction that was caused by Hurricane Irma and they will be successful in rebuilding their lives once again.

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