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Hurricane Irma is changing the game

Irma is so strong that it's starting to show up on equipment designed to read earthquakes. It's also nearing a theoretical maximum intensity of a storm in its environment, changing the rules.

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  1. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.
  2. GPM's 3-D Flyby Animation of Irma
  3. It made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday. Causing severe damage. It's on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.
  4. Warm water is fuel for hurricanes and Irma was moving over water that was one degree warmer than normal. Four other storms have had winds as strong in the overall Atlantic region, but they were in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, which usually have warmer waters. Hurricane Allen hit 305 km/h in 1980, while 2005's Wilma, 1988's Gilbert and a 1935 great Florida Keys storm all had 297 km/h winds.
  5. ISS Passes Over Hurricane Irma - 9/6/2017
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