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Irma heats up the Atlantic

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Since starting as a small tropical storm in the Cape Verde islands on Sunday, hurricane Irma has gained velocity and evolved into one of the largest Category 5 hurricanes in the past 50 years of recorded weather. In fact, Irma’s intensity is so record-breaking, measuring in with sustained wind speeds of 185mph, there has been talk of adding a Category 6 to the Saffir-Simpson scale, which measures hurricanes based on wind speeds.

Due to information such as this, many are claiming that Irma is the “storm of the century.”

“[Irma] is massive,” Florida governor Rick Scott said during a press conference in Miami-Dade county. “The storm is bigger, faster and stronger than Hurricane Andrew.”

Hurricane Andrew, which hit Florida in Aug. 1992, was responsible for the deaths of 44 people, making it the deadliest hurricane to hit Florida to-date.

“It’s alarming that hurricanes [today] are at higher levels such as 3s, 4s and 5s now,” environmental science teacher Terry Murphy said.

Due to hit Florida on Sunday, Sept. 10, and continue up through Georgia and the Carolinas Monday, Sept. 11, many people have already begun to prepare for the potential damage Irma could bring.

“I think that we just need to be prepared in case [Irma] were to come through like [hurricane] Hugo did in 1989,” foreign language teacher Gwen Stencler said.

Many people choose to stay and stock-pile supplies rather than evacuate, such as sophomore Miranda Rivera’s family did when Irma hit Puerto Rico Thursday night.

“My family in Puerto Rico chose not to evacuate,” Rivera said. “But they have to follow a curfew and they stock-piled supplies in their house.”

In the Caribbean islands, such as Puerto Rico and Barbuda, Irma rolled in full-force, destroying a reported 90% of the buildings in Barbuda.

“My cousin called me [Thursday] and told me when they storm had finally reached them,” Rivera said. “She told me their power went out and the winds are unimaginable.”

In the coming days, North Carolina may see for itself just how “unimaginable” Irma’s winds really are.

 

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Irma heats up the Atlantic