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Irma 4th hurricane to reach 185 mph winds

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Since records have been kept, Irma is one of only four hurricanes in the Atlantic basin with winds of 185 mph.

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The other three hurricanes were Wilma in 2005, Gilbert in 1988 and Allen in 1980, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a scientist who specializes in tropical cyclones at Colorado State University.

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Irma is only the second category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic this decade, with the other being Matthew, which developed in 2016.

Last 10 category 5 hurricanes in Atlantic

  • Irma in 2017
  • Matthew in 2016
  • Felix in 2007
  • Dean in 2007
  • Wilma in 2005
  • Rita in 2005
  • Katrina in 2005
  • Emily in 2005
  • Ivan in 2004
  • Isabel in 2003

Of the last 10 category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, four came in 2005, which was the most active tropical season on record.

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