Having begun life on August 30th off the West Coast of Africa, by September 6th, Hurricane Irma had crossed the Atlantic and had become a category five hurricane with wind speeds up to 185mph. Irma ripped through the Caribbean as a category five leaving a path of devastation before reaching Florida in the US on September 9th, where it wreaked more chaos and destruction. Irma had lost some strength by the time it hit Florida and had been downgraded to a category four. Officially so far, 61 people have lost their lives across both the Caribbean and the US. Irma was the strongest Hurricane in the world recorded so far in 2017.