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September 2017

Following Harvey's strike on Texas in late August, hurricanes continued to dominate United States weather headlines in September. First, the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Irma passed just north of the northern United States Virgin Islands on September 6, battering Saint Thomas and Saint John, while grazing Puerto Rico and the primary southern United States Virgin Island of Saint Croix.

Later, after tracking roughly parallel to the northern coast of Cuba, Irma made a sharp right turn, passing through the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on the morning of September 10. Irma's final landfall occurred on Marco Island, Florida, during the afternoon of September 10, when the storm featured Category 3 winds.


Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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