Hurricane Irma was a category 5 hurricane in 2017. At its peak, the hurricane was a category 5. The storm threatened the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Irma was also forecast to threaten the East Coast of the United States, but later forecast to hit Southwest Florida.
Irma was the first major hurricane to develop in the eastern Atlantic since Hurricane Julia in 2010. The storm developed on August 30, 2017 near the Cape Verde islands. On September 5, 2017, the storm became a Category 5 hurricane. It had winds of 185 miles per hour.As it hit landfall the hurricane went down to category 2. Irma was the easternmost Category 5 hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean.
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- "Powerful Hurricane Irma Could be Next Weather Disaster". CNN. Retrieved September 5, 2017.