Charting Irma’s Path of Destruction – biggest Atlantic hurricane in recent history

Charting Irma's Path of Destruction
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Charting Irma’s Path of Destruction – it is feared at least 37 died because of the storm

Millions of people have been displaced due to the biggest Atlantic hurricane in recent history. There has been criticism that the Government did not respond quickly enough to help those affected by the storm.

Irma grew in strength over a few days and began roaring through the Caribbean September 6.

The Hurricane was just a category two storm on 2 September, but soon became category three.

Irma grew stronger quickly because of a combination of very warm water, high levels of mid-level relative humidity, and vertical wind conditions, meteorologists say.

Sea temperatures contributed to Irma’s power.  Warm oceans, along with wind speed and direction, are the two key ingredients that fuel and sustain hurricanes.

Between 2 and 5 September Irma strengthened from a category three to a category five storm, the highest possible level.

As Irma approached Florida, it passed over waters that are warmer than 30C (86F) – hot enough to sustain a category five storm, according to Nasa scientists.

BBC correspondents from Barbuda to Tampa, Florida have been reporting on Hurricane Irma.

Video by Franz Strasser BBC

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