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Hurricane Irma, satellite image

Hurricane Irma, satellite image

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Satellite image of Hurricane Irma as it approached the Leeward Islands on the 5th September 2017. Irma made landfall on the Leeward Islands as a category 5 storm with sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour in the early morning of the 6th September. First hit was Barbuda, where over 90% of buildings were destroyed. Significant damage and loss of life were reported on the other Leeward Islands as Irma continued northwards. Data obtained by the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 16.

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