Loss Assessment for Hurricane Irma - Final Report (12/09/2017)
Omar-Dario Cardona (1), Gabriel A. Bernal (2), Claudia P. Villegas (3)
Hurricane Irma developed on August 30 of 2017 near the Cape Verde Islands on the western African coast. 24 hours later after its formation it attained Category 2 status and shortly afterward it became a Category 3 major hurricane. After that, the intensity started fluctuating between Category 2 and 3 and on September 4, it strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 130 mph. Hurricane Irma continued deepening and became a Category 5 hurricane by September 5, with winds of 175 mph. On September 6, its center made landfall along the northern coast of the island of Barbuda at peak strength (185 mph) and made successive landfalls on Saint Maarten and the British Virgin Islands with the same intensity. On September 8 Irma weakened back to Category 4 but reached once again Category 5 status on September 9 when it approached and made landfall in the northern coast of the island of Cuba. After that it started weakening and dropped to a Category 3 status before it gained once more a Category 4 status as it moved towards the Florida Keys on September 10. Irma dropped back to Category 3 by the time it made a second Florida landfall that same day and finally weakened to a Category 2 hurricane on September 11 before completely dissipating over southwestern Florida.
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