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Igor One of Largest Atlantic Hurricanes Ever Recorded – September 18th, 2010

18.1N 61.6W

September 18th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Igor (11L) - September 17th, 2010

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Track of TS 11L - September 17th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

As of 11 p.m. AST September 17 (0300 UTC September 18), Hurricane Igor (11L) is located within 15 nautical miles of 24.6°N 62.0°W, about 560 miles (900 km) south-southeast of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds are 95 knots (110 mph, 175 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 947 mbar (hPa; 27.96 InHg), and the system is moving northwest at 11 kt (13 mph, 20 km/h).

Igor is an extremely large hurricane and one of the largest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded; hurricane force winds extend up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of Igor, and tropical storm force winds up to 345 miles (555 km) from the center.

The wind field is now sizably larger than even two very well-known devastating hurricanes that were also very large; Hurricane Ike in the 2008 season and Hurricane Katrina in the record-breaking 2005 season.

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