was the most intense Atlantic hurricane
observed in over a decade.
It was also the most intense hurricane
to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005,
and the first major hurricane
to hit the state of Florida
since Wilma in 2005.
The ninth named storm,
and second major hurricane of the 2017
Atlantic hurricane season,
Irma has caused widespread
and catastrophic damage
on its track across the Atlantic,
most of which was caused
in the northeastern Caribbean.
The storm caused catastrophic damage
in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin,
Anguilla and the Virgin Islands
as a Category 5 hurricane.
As of September 10,
the hurricane has caused
at least 46 deaths (one in Anguilla, one in Barbados,
three in Barbuda, 10 in Cuba,
11 in the French West Indies, three in Puerto Rico,
four on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten,
nine in the contiguous United States,
and four in the U.S. Virgin Islands).
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