Irma is one of the strongest Atlantic storms on record - but hurricane hunters flew straight into it. Buckle up!
Tropical storms are seasonal weather events. But they never fail to shock us with the destruction they wreak. DW ranks some of the worst and fiercest ever.
When the electric car firm Tesla remotely upgraded some of its cars to expand their mileage capacity to allow people to flee further from Hurricane Irma, little did it know another kind of storm was brewing.
Not every storm that occurs in the Atlantic becomes a hurricane. Nevertheless, there are always storms of the highest category - the latest, Irma, is one of them. But what does that mean?
Two powerful hurricanes within two weeks, and sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico have been among the highest in the world this year - coincidence? Or is global warming fueling these massive storms?
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