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Hurricane Irma barreling toward the eastern Caribbean in 2017.

Hurricane categories tell only part of the story — here’s the real damage storms like Dorian can do

Hurricane Irma could have been called a "Category 6" storm because its wind speeds were so high, even though that's not an official classification.
Hurricane Harvey is pictured off the coast of Texas, from aboard the International Space Station.

The 16 most destructive hurricanes in US history

The US has seen plenty of catastrophic and costly storms during hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, which lasts from June through November. Single events have caused billions of dollars in damage.

The best charities to give to for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

In a month, three hurricanes have ravaged the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast. After Maria devastated Puerto Rico, officials are now pleading for supplies.
The Winter Park sinkhole in Florida swallowed up sports cars and a community pool in 1981. Its opening was 350 feet wide and 107 feet deep.

A sinkhole swallowed part of a Florida house that survived Hurricane Irma — and it’s not as rare as you’d think

A sinkhole swallowed part of home in Apopka, Florida. It's not known if the sinkhole was related to Hurricane Irma, but flooding can accelerate the phenomenon.

Florida’s floodwater is full of poop bacteria — but a marine biologist says there’s a bigger threat

Bacteria from sewage isn't the biggest health threat facing Floridians after Hurricane Irma. A microbe called Vibrio poses more serious risks.

Incredible satellite photos show Florida and the Caribbean before and after Irma battered the regions

Residents in affected areas, like Florida's Key West and the Caribbean's St. Martin, are now beginning to start the recovery process from Hurricane Irma.

The best charities to give to in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Charity Navigator, a nonprofit that independently rates charities, says these are some of the best charities to give to for Hurricane Irma aid.

Here are all the areas still in Hurricane Irma’s path and when the storm could arrive

The National Hurricane Center has said Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes recorded. The tropical storm is heading up the US through Georgia.

This map of how Hurricane Irma would look over Europe shows just how huge a storm it is

The Washington Post created a handy graphic to help visualise the size of the historic hurricane.

VIDEO: Powerful winds from Hurricane Irma rip the roof off a Miami house

Storm surge from Hurricane Irma flooded the streets of Miami on Sunday.