Several new records have been set by Hurricane Irma

It’s absolutely amazing the records that Hurricane Irma has been setting this week.

Irma had sustained winds of 185 mph for 37 hours, the longest of any tropical cyclone in the world. 

Irma is tied with the Florida Keys / Labor Day hurricane (1935), Gilbert (1988) and Wilma (2005) for second-highest winds on record in the entire Atlantic Ocean basin. Only Hurricane Allen had greater winds of 190 mph in 1980.

At 185 mph, it was the strongest storm on record to impact the Leeward Islands. The Okeechobee Hurricane (1928) and David (1979) were the previous strongest at 160 mph.

At 915 millibars, Irma has the lowest pressure of an Atlantic hurricane outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico on record. 

That mark is also the lowest since Hurricane Dean in 2007 and the 10th-lowest on record since 1966. 

When combined with Hurricane Jose’s 150 mph sustained winds late Friday, it is the first time in recorded history that there have been two hurricanes with 150+mph winds in the Atlantic Basin.


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