Dale C. S. Destin | They both struck on September 5-6 after traversing over the warm waters of the Tropical North Atlantic.

Twenty-six years to the day Hurricane Luis (1995) almost totalled Antigua and Barbuda; twenty-two years later, four years ago, Hurricane Irma (2017) did similarly to Barbuda.

Twenty-six years to the day Luis overwhelm our islands, with the centre partially passing over Barbuda and within 25 miles (40 km) of Antigua. Four years ago today, the date of Irma evoked memories of Luis, but it was no Luis.

Irma set a virtually unreachable bar for strength, but Luis set the record for size and cost. Luis was a great big giant while Irma was a mighty midget.

The diameter of Irma’s hurricane-force winds was less than 75 miles (121 km) with a radius of less than 25 miles south of the centre.

Contrastingly, the diameter for the hurricane-force winds of Luis was at least twice Irma’s, over 150 miles (241 km), with the hurricane force-wind extending about 50 miles (80 km) to the south.

Read more: https://268weather.wordpress.com/2021/09/06/twin-anniversary-of-hurricanes-irma-and-luis-where-do-they-stand-among-the-worst-hurricanes-to-impact-antigua-and-barbuda/?fbclid=IwAR0nxI91RVkyurfJiqL4xsSlo-kCEE77puHYzoUKWAy4_xjeziWvKCOB-RY