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August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named

Faith Tabernacle, Leeward Hwy, Providenciales - one of the most photographed damaged buildings in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

#Atlantic Basin, Saturday, September 1 2018 – Thursday August 30th, 2018 was the one year anniversary of the naming of what is on record as one of the most powerful storms in history…  Hurricane Irma.  

Hurricane Irma grew from a tropical wave rapidly and on August 30th became a tropical storm as the ninth named system for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Irma’s winds peaked, says some reports, to 180 mph; far surpassing the 157mph needed to be classified as category five on the Saffir Simpson wind scale.  

It is estimated that over two dozen countries and counties were impacted by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma; some 134 people were killed and damages were recorded at nearly $65 billion.

In the Turks and Caicos, 80% of buildings nationwide were damaged, including 80% of structures on the most populated island of Providenciales.

Cost of damage for the TCI alone was put at over half a billion dollars.

 

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