Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread destruction across its path in September 2017. Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Maria two weeks later. At the time, it was considered as the most powerful hurricane on record in the open Atlantic region, outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico until it was surpassed by Hurricane Dorian two years later. It was also the third strongest Atlantic hurricane at landfall ever recorded, just behind the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Hurricane Dorian.
Highest wind speed: 180 mph
Total fatalities: 134
Category: Category 5 Hurricane (SSHWS)
Date: August 30, 2017 – September 14, 2017
Damage: $77.16 billion (2017 USD)
(Fourth-costliest tropical cyclone on record; costliest in Cuban and the Leeward Islands history)
Affected areas: Eastern United States (especially Florida), Greater Antilles (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Cape Verde, Leeward Islands and more…