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Hurricane Irma just broke the accumulated cyclone energy record

Yes, that’s as scary as it sounds. The accumulated cyclone energy (or ACE) is a measurement of the combined wind energy a storm has during a set time period. Irma has now broken the 24-hour ACE record, previously held by Hurricane Allen back in 1980. Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane and its winds could cause virtually unparalleled damage over the course of its path.

 

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