A little History on Irma from ttime she began to her final…Cost of Irma’s tear was as of Sept 12th was $30,000,000,000.00…
Irma developed on August 30, 2017 near the Cape Verde Islands from a tropical wave that had moved off the west African coast three days prior.[1][2][3] Under favorable conditions, Irma rapidly intensified shortly after formation, becoming a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale within a mere 24 hours. It became a Category 3 hurricane (and therefore a major hurricane) shortly afterward; however, the intensity fluctuated for the next several days due to a series of eyewall replacement cycles. On September 5, Irma became a Category 5 hurricane, and by early the next day, Irma reached peak intensity with 185 mph (295 km/h) winds and a minimum pressure of 914 mbar (914 hPa; 27.0 inHg), making it the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide so far in 2017. After dropping to Category 3 intensity as it passed along Cuba, on September 10 the storm re-intensified to Category 4 as it crossed warm waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys before making landfall on Cudjoe Key with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h). Irma dropped back to Category 3 by the time it made a second Florida landfall on Marco Island. Irma weakened to a Category 2 hurricane later that day, the first time it weakened below major hurricane status in over a week.
The storm caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla and the Virgin Islands as a Category 5 hurricane.[4][5] As of September 12, the hurricane has caused at least 55 deaths (one in Anguilla, one in Barbados, three in Barbuda, 10 in Cuba, 11 in the French West Indies, one in Haiti, three in Puerto Rico, four on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten, 17 in the contiguous United States, and four in the U.S. Virgin Islands).[6][7]
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) began monitoring a tropical wave over the western coast of Africa on August 26.[8] This wave moved off the coast of the continent late on August 27. Throughout the next two days, showers and thunderstorms associated with the wave became better organized and gradually coalesced into a low pressure area as it passed just south of and through the Cape Verde Islands on August 29,[9] with the NHC stating that any significant organization of the disturbance would result in the classification of a tropical depression.[10] Further organization over the next 24 hours or so led to classification of the disturbance as Tropical Storm Irma at 15:00 UTC on August 30, based on scatterometer data and satellite estimates.[11] With warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear, strengthening was anticipated, with the only hindrance being slightly cooler waters and drier air.
A VIIRS satellite image of Hurricane Irma on September 3
The nascent storm began developing upper-level poleward outflow as an anticyclone became established over the system, with banding features becoming increasingly evident in satellite images.[12] Early on August 31, shortly after the development of a central dense overcast (CDO) and an eye feature, Irma rapidly intensified beginning at 09:00 UTC on August 31, with winds increasing from 70 mph (110 km/h) to 115 mph (185 km/h) in only 12 hours.[13] On September 2, a ship passed 60 mi (90 km) to the west of the center of Irma, recording maximum winds of 45 mph (70 km/h), which indicated that the eye of Irma remained compact.[14][15] A strengthening subtropical ridge over the central North Atlantic pushed Irma from a western to southwestern direction on September 2 and 3.[16][17][18][19] The first aircraft reconnaissance mission departed from Barbados on the afternoon of September 3, discovering an eye 29 mi (47 km) in diameter and surface winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).[18][20]
Infrared loop of Hurricane Irma approaching the northern Leeward Islands on September 5, around the time of its upgrade to a Category 5 hurricane
On September 4, after moving into more favorable conditions, Irma strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane.[21] As it continued approaching the Leeward Islands, Irma underwent a second and more robust period of rapid intensification, becoming a Category 5 by 11:45 UTC the following day, with winds of 175 mph (280 km/h).[22] As it began to take on annular characteristics, the extremely powerful hurricane continued to intensify,[23] with maximum sustained winds peaking at 185 mph (295 km/h) near 00:00 UTC on September 6 – which would remain steady and unchanged for the next 37 hours. Six hours later, the eye of Irma made landfall along the northern coast of Barbuda at peak strength.[24] Later that day, around 21:00 UTC, the pressure bottomed out at 914 mbar (27.0 inHg) – this was the lowest in the Atlantic since Dean in 2007. While maintaining its intensity, Irma made successive landfalls at approximately 12:00 UTC on Sint Maarten and at 17:00 UTC on Ginger Island and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.
Shortly before 06:00 UTC on September 8, Irma made landfall on the Bahamian island Little Inagua.[25] About three hours later, Irma weakened into a Category 4 hurricane but regained Category 5 status 18 hours later before losing it again over Cuba. At 13:10 UTC the next day, Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key, Florida with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h) and a central pressure of 929 mbar (27.4 inHg).[26] Later that day, at 19:35 UTC Irma made landfall in Marco Island with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 km/h) and a central pressure of 940 mbar (28 inHg); the Marco Island Police Department recorded a wind gust to 130 mph (215 km/h).[27] The Naples, FL Municipal Airport measured wind gusts of up to 142 mph (229 km/h).