While nobody would ever want to find themselves being caught inside of a massive storm, they are quite beautiful when seen from space. Even from outside of the atmosphere, you can still understand the absolute power and force that these storms possess. Luckily, with the latest technology, we are able to better prepare and track these storms so that the people on the ground can stay safe. Take a faraway look at some of the biggest storms in the recent years and learn about their size, the damage they cause, and what we have learned from them.
Hurricane Irma Hits Florida
Hurricane Irma was a storm that hit the east coast of the United States in 2017. Irma was an extremely violent hurricane. It developed from a tropical wave in Cape Verde and grew rapidly, becoming one of the biggest storms on record. It was the strongest of its kind to ever be observed in the Atlantic in terms of maximum sustained winds since Hurricane Wilma and was the strongest ever in the open Atlantic region.
Hurricane Irma was the first category 5 storm to ever hit Leeward islands and was the most intense Hurricane to hit the United States since Katrina in 2005. Irma caused catastrophic damage with 92 deaths in the contiguous United States, and four in the U.S. Virgin islands.