Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach has been tracking Hurricane Irma and all the record's it's broken this past week. The three main are as follows:
- Sustained winds of 185 mph for a total of 37 hours, the longest of any tropical cyclone in history. The previous record was 24 hours, during Super Typhoon Haiyan in the northwest Pacific in 2013.
- Barometric Pressure
- The lower the barometric pressure, the stronger the hurricane.
- At 915 millibars, Irma has the lowest barometric pressure of an Atlantic hurricane (besides the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico) on record.
- Generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) - 44.2 units - by a tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic.
Get more information on the broken records here.
Hurricane Irma is one of the biggest category 5 storms on record. pic.twitter.com/PikJPNsvW4— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 6, 2017