Irma, Jose, Katia: Three hurricanes churning in the Atlantic region
Tropical Storm Irma forms in Atlantic Ocean
Timelapse: Hurricane Irma's journey through the Atlantic
NASA satellite footage shows the most destructive hurricanes of 2017
Irma, most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record, hits Caribbean
Hurricane Irma was the strongest observed hurricane in the Atlantic in terms of maximum sustained winds since Wilma. Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Maria two weeks later. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, second major hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 season, Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage throughout its long lifetime, particularly in the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys. It was also the most intense hurricane to strike the continental United States since Katrina in 2005, the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in the same year, and the first Category 4 hurricane to strike the state since Charley in 2004. The word Irmageddon was coined soon after the hurricane to describe the damage caused by the hurricane.