Hurricane IRMA-September-2017Published: 2017-09-10 | Original Article
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Hurrcaine IRMA battered the Florida keys on Sunday after it made landfall in the Caribbean.
With an estimated 127,000 huddling in shelters statewide, the storm lashed the low-lying string of islands with drenching rain and knocked out power to over 1.3 million customers, many of them hundreds of miles from Irma's center. In downtown Miami, one of two dozen construction cranes looming over the skyline collapsed atop a high-rise in Irma's winds. There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing event in the annual formation of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin. This season featured the first major hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States since Wilma of the 2005 season, Hurricane Harvey, which caused 51.88 in (1,318 mm) of rainfall in Texas, the highest-ever rainfall total for any Atlantic tropical cyclone in the United States and the fifth highest rainfall total for a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin. It also featured Hurricane Irma, the strongest hurricane ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean outside of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Hurricane Irma is a weakening tropical cyclone that recently made landfall in the U.S. state of Florida as a major hurricane,[nb 1] and was the most intense Atlantic hurricane observed in over a decade. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, and second major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma has caused widespread and catastrophic damage on its track across the Atlantic, most of which was caused in the northeastern Caribbean. It is also the most intense hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005.
French and Dutch Caribbean island of Saint Martin
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