Hurricane Irma’s Florida Landfalls

We’ve been talking about Hurricane Irma for quite some time now, and it is now causing a lot of problems in Florida.  As with any landfalling hurricane, tornadoes, torrential rain, destructive wind and storms surge have been pounding the state.

Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 hurricane Friday night into Saturday morning, as it officially made landfall on the northern coast of Cuba early Saturday morning causing massive damage.  With the interaction with land, Irma weakened to a Category 3 during the day Saturday, but late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Irma regained strength and reached Category 4 status, before making its first US landfall in the Florida Keys.  This comes, ironically, on the climatological peak of hurricane season AND on the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Donna in 1960 making landfall in the Keys.

 

The powerful hurricane then tracked north, and made landfall in southwest Florida on Marco Island, just south of Naples as a Category 3.

The last time we had a Category 4 storm make landfall was Charley in 2005.  This is the first time on record that TWO Category 4 storms made landfall in the continental US in the same season.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 10, 2017

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