As Hurricane Irma advances on Florida keep aware of whatever precautions you need to take to stay safe. The storm is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record with maximum sustained wind speeds of more than 185 mph. Overnight, the island of Saint Martin was devastated.

Category 1
Hurricanes have sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph. Dangerous winds will produce some damage.

Category 2
Hurricanes have sustained winds of 96 to 110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage.

Category 3
Hurricanes have sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph. Devastating damage will occur.

Category 4
Hurricanes have sustained winds of 131 to 155 mph. Catastrophic damage will occur.

Category 5
Hurricanes have sustained winds greater than 155 mph. Catastrophic damage will occur.

Info via the National Weather Service

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