Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, setting records as the strongest storm on Earth in 2017.
With maximum sustained winds of 185 miles-per-hour, Hurricane Irma is second only to Hurricane Allen in 1980 for Atlantic hurricane windspeed. Hurricane Allen's record is 190 mph.
Hurricane Irma has now generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy that Hurricane Harvey -- plus all seven other Atlantic named storms of 2017.
Here are some of the latest images documented the scale and intensity of the superstorm:
NASA Sees Irma Strengthen to a Category 5 Hurricane STORY> https://t.co/7O6alk5149 #HurricaneIrma https://t.co/Y6VpkdE4X1— NASA Atmosphere (@NASA Atmosphere)1504629664.0
NEW: Hurricane #Irma winds up to 185 mph, tied for second strongest in Atlantic on record: https://t.co/EBFcwpLZPE— Capital Weather Gang (@Capital Weather Gang)1504634540.0
Hurricane #Irma's winds are now up to 185 mph. Second-strongest winds ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, trailing… https://t.co/fZaiJv1lE5— Brian Kahn (@Brian Kahn)1504634313.0
#Irma cone refresher... ✔ Cone = where *center* will most likely go ✔ Bad wx often falls outside cone ✔ Center leav… https://t.co/LQlEUNHFjf— Michael Lowry (@Michael Lowry)1504631693.0
What #Hurricane #Irma's Track Forecast Could Mean for Florida, Southeast U.S.: https://t.co/7E5n3oe9nL… https://t.co/HhT4zRIK6M— The Weather Channel (@The Weather Channel)1504635000.0
#Irma has now generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy than the first 8 Atlantic named storms of 2017 combined (Ar… https://t.co/kax1OcDd1M— Philip Klotzbach (@Philip Klotzbach)1504631988.0
Eye of a monster: Terrifying images of Hurricane Irma, 2017’s strongest storm on Earth: https://t.co/6745jAlBPg— Capital Weather Gang (@Capital Weather Gang)1504633966.0
The International Space Station’s external cameras captured a dramatic view of Hurricane Irma as it moved across th… https://t.co/9dYZ2UKX84— International Space Station (@International Space Station)1504636005.0
Monsters of the Atlantic: The Basin's Category 5 Hurricanes https://t.co/VmZELoIthx https://t.co/qv9Y2Kb2Lj— Weather Underground (@Weather Underground)1504638003.0
Hurricane #Irma's sustained winds are now 185MPH. Perspective: those are wind speeds associated with an EF-4 tornad… https://t.co/FRoEOhy3qR— National Weather Service (@National Weather Service)1504635047.0