(Note: This post will be updated throughout the day as more forecast information becomes available.)

Hurricane Irma is rewriting weather history for the Atlantic Ocean, setting numerous records for its ferocity on Tuesday into Wednesday. The storm set a milestone for the most powerful hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean, outside of the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.

Only Hurricane Allen in 1980 had higher sustained winds, of 190 miles per hour.

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The storm struck Barbuda on Tuesday night and has been slamming Anguilla and Antigua as well, among other locations. At one point on Wednesday morning, satellite imagery showed the sickening site of two islands — Anguilla and St. Martin — in the storm’s eye at the same time. …

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