There are currently 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin right now:
- Irma (category 5)
- Katia (category 1)
- Jose (category 1)
The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
HURRICANE IRMA FACTS:
- Irma is currently a category 5 hurricane with winds up to 185mph.
- Irma is currently hitting the Virgin Islands and is forecast to hit Puerto Rico, Cuba, Florida, more.
- Irma is forecast to remain at least a category 4 hurricane for the next few days.
- Irma is so strong that she is registering on seismometers in the Caribbean. Seismometers are designed to measure earthquakes…
- Irma is the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean with 185mph sustained winds.Irma’s exact path is still uncertain, but the latest forecasts suggest it will hit South Florida this weekend.
— Stephen Hicks (@seismo_steve) September 6, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump have declared a state of emergency for Florida in anticipation of the storm.
Irma is the 2nd most powerful storm in recorded history in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Allen – which hit in 1980 with 190mph winds – is the strongest storm in the Atlantic basin recorded history.
This is lining up to be a challenging hurricane season especially after Hurricane Harvey (category 4) made landfall at Rockport, Texas at peak intensity on August 24th, 2017 causing 69 deaths in Texas.
CURRENT HURRICANE INFO:
- Hurricane Irma is about to hit Puerto Rico tonight.
- Hurricane Katia is hitting Mexico today.
- Hurricane Jose is forecast to become a category 2 hurricane in the coming days.