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Breaking Records: Hurricane Irma

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Posted at Sep 11 2017 10:06 PM

Category 5 Hurricane Irma was predicted to cause catastrophic damage in areas it will hit. First spotted on August 30 as a tropical storm, Irma developed into a Category 2 Hurricane a day after as it lashed over the Atlantic Ocean.  

Weather agencies reminded residents in the Caribbean and Florida to prepare for the worst as Irma strengthened into a Category 5 storm, the highest in the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, on September 5 with a sustained winds of 185 mph (297 kph).  The storm weakened into a Category 1 hurricane after 11 days, as it battered Florida, making it the longest lingering Hurricane ever recorded in history.

The scenes of destruction reminded many of Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda), which killed more 6,000 people after it struck the Visayas and other parts of the Philippines with maximum winds of 196 mph (315 kph).

Here are select images of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma so far.

Hurricane Irma is driving toward Florida passing the eastern end of Cuba in this NASA's GOES-16 satellite image taken at about 0800 EDT on September 8, 2017. NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/Handout via Reuters

A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows the Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, during the passage of Hurricane Irma. France, the Netherlands and Britain on September 7 sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma, which has killed at least 10 people. The worst-affected island so far is Saint Martin, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, where eight of the 10 confirmed deaths took place. Lionel Chamoiseau, AFP

A woman stands near damaged homes in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle, on the French Collectivity of Saint Martin, on September 6, 2017, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau, AFP

People walk past debris as Hurricane Irma moves off from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, in Nagua, Dominican Republic September 7, 2017. Ricardo Rojas, Reuters

A photo taken on September 6, 2017 shows damage outside the "Mercure" hotel in Marigot, on the Bay of Nettle, on the island of Saint-Martin in the northeast Caribbean, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau, AFP

An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Hurricane Irma sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday, reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin. Gerben Van ES, ANP/AFP

A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau, AFP

A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau, AFP

View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Carribean September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. Netherlands Ministry of Defence- Gerben van Es/Handout via Reuters

Aerial view of devastation following Hurricane Irma at Bitter End in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, September 8, 2017, is seen in this still image taken from social media video. Caribbean Buzz Helicopters/via Reuters

A man walks on a street covered in debris after hurricane Irma hurricane passed on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot on September 8, 2017. Officials on the island of Guadeloupe, where French aid efforts are being coordinated, suspended boat crossings to the hardest-hit territories of St. Martin and St. Barts where 11 people have died. Martin Bureau, AFP

Cubans stand between a collapsed building in Havana, on September 9, 2017. Irma's blast through the Cuban coastline weakened the storm to a Category Three, but it is still packing 125-mile-an-hour winds (205 kilometers per hour) and was expected to regain power before hitting the Florida Keys early Sunday, US forecasters said. Yamil Lage, AFP

A sailor leaves with his belongings after losing his boat in Marigot, on September 9, 2017 in Saint-Martin island devastated by hurricane Irma. Officials on the island of Guadeloupe, where French aid efforts are being coordinated, suspended boat crossings to the hardest-hit territories of St. Martin and St. Barts where 11 people have died. Martin Bureau, AFP

People walk on a damaged street after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba, September 9, 2017. Alexandre Meneghini, Reuters

Evacuees leaving the destruction of Hurricane Irma board a WC-130H of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard in St. Martin September 9, 2017. Major Sean Boughal/106th Rescue Wing, USAF/Handout via Reuters

Damage following Hurricane Irma is seen in Tortola, British Virgin Islands in this undated photograph received in London on September 10, 2017. Joel Rouse/Royal Navy/MoD/Crown Copyright 2017/Handout via Reuters

A partially submerged car is seen at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. Carlos Barria, Reuters

A man died when his pick-up truck crashed into a tree in the Florida Keys during Hurricane Irma in Florida, U.S. in this handout photo obtained by Reuters September 10, 2017. Monroe County SheriffÕs Department/Handout via Reuters

Waves crash against the lighthouse after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, Cuba, September 10, 2017. Stringer, Reuters

Cubans wade through a flooded street in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida. Authorities said they had evacuated more than a million people as a precaution, including about 4,000 in the capital. Yamil Lage, AFP

View of some of the damage after the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Cojimar neighborhood in Havana, on September 10, 2017. Residents of Cuba's historic capital Havana were waist-deep in floodwaters after Hurricane Irma, on its way to Florida, swept by, cutting off power and forcing the evacuation of more than a million people. Yamil Lage, AFP

A truck is seen turned over as Hurricane Irma passes south Florida, in Miami, U.S. September 10, 2017. Carlos Barria, Reuters