Irma most enduring superstorm on record

PARIS, France — Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean, has produced sustained winds at 295 kilometers per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded, France’s national weather service says.

“Such an intensity, for such a long period, has never been observed in the satellite era,” which began in the early 1970s, says Etienne Kapikian, a forecaster at Meteo France.

“And it is continuing,” he tells AFP, adding that Irma would probably remain a Category 5 storm at least until it hits the Bahamas.


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