Intense storms provide the first test of powerful new hurricane forecast tools

Instruments are slated to improve predictions of path and intensity

hurricane Irma

IRMA INCOMING  Hurricane Irma passed by Cuba on September 8, 2017, as a Category 4 storm (seen in this geocolor image captured by NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite) before making landfall in the Florida Keys on September 10, 2017.

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