'Record-breaking' force of Hurricane Irma captured in videos, photos
National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini said Hurricane Irma is so record-breaking strong it's impossible to hype.
Uccellini told The Associated Press on Wednesday he's concerned about Florida up the east coast to North Carolina, starting with the Florida Keys.
He warns that "all the hazards associated with this storm" are going to be dangerous.
Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of MIT calculates that Irma holds about 7 trillion watts — about twice the energy of all bombs used in World War II.
Multiple videos and images posted to social media show the hurricane's force.
Here's a scientific fact for anyone thinking Hurricane Irma is being hyped: This is only the second time on Earth, since satellites began tracking them about 40 years ago, that a storm has maintained 185 mph winds for more than 24 hours.
The other one, according to Colorado State University meteorology professor Phil Klotzbach, hit the Phillippines in 2013. It was the massive typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people.
Klotzbach says "this thing is a buzzsaw," and he's "glad Floridians are taking it very seriously.