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A history lesson: Ranking the deadliest, most powerful, expensive hurricanes

Irma packs a punch with its size, at 500 miles wide; but how does it stack up?

A sign on a business reads, "Be Prepared, Go Away Irma," as people in Florida prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma (Joe Raedle/Getty Images).
A sign on a business reads, "Be Prepared, Go Away Irma," as people in Florida prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma (Joe Raedle/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

(GMG) – By now, it’s safe to say everyone has been warned about the dangerous Category 5 storm expected to strike Florida this weekend: Hurricane Irma.

In case you’re wondering about the hurricanes to come before Irma, such as which have been the deadliest, the most expensive, the most intense -- we have you covered. Here are some visuals to show you how history’s hurricanes rank.


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