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"Irma was by far the worst"

by Karin L. Nauber

“I’ve been through some major hurricanes like Andrew, Charlie and Wilma, but Irma was by far the worst that I have encountered,” said Darin Lunning who makes his home with his family in Fort Myers, Florida.

According to reports from, “At one point, Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane the National Hurricane Center has ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico; it was moving as a Category 5 storm. Irma hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane and later the mainland as a Category 3.

Hurricane Irma hit land on the morning of September 10 and caused major flooding and devastation to many coastal cities.

It ripped off roofs and knocked out power to more than 6.8 million people, including the Lunning’s.

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