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.(MORE: What is the Hurricane Wind Scale?)
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 2003Of 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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