Irma Winds Grow Stronger As Hurricane Enters ‘Beast Mode’

Hurricane Irma entered “beast mode” Tuesday according to one meteorologist, as the storm grew far beyond the level needed to give it the most powerful Category 5 ranking.

The Saffir-Simpson wind scale assigns a Categoy 5 rating to storms with winds above 156 mph. Irma currently has winds of 175 mph, with gusts up to 186 mph, leading meteorologist Ryan Maue to comment on its power.

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