Hurricane Harvey was a tragic nightmare that hit the Texas shores with force and then lingered for days dumping massive amounts of rain on a city ill-equipped to handle it. Florida is next and if predictions are accurate, Hurricane Irma is going to be far worse than Houston and worse than anyone has prepared for.
Already, Irma is setting records and being named the strongest storm the Atlantic Ocean has seen on record. Here is a short list of things meteorologists and experts at the Hurricane Center have already seen from Irma that should give everyone pause:
1. The wind speeds broke the measuring tool:
The wind was so strong when Irma passed over Barbuda the monitoring equipment used to measure the wind was damaged and couldn’t report an accurate account of the wind speed. It tapped out at 151 mph.
2. What 185 mph wind looks like should strike fear into the hearts of anyone.
The gusts for the Category 5 storm have reached 185 mph. That’s the equivalent of an EF4 tornado sitting on an area – nonstop for hours. To put that into perspective, the photo below is of the damaged sustained by residents of Garland/Rowlett, Texas after an EF4 tornado blew through in 2015.