Texas Tech wind researchers are on their way to intercept Irma

Texas Tech wind researchers are on their way to intercept Irma

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Just 10 days after returning from the Texas coast where they rode out Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, The Texas Tech University Hurricane Research Team from the National Wind Institute (NWI) is back on the road – this time headed to Florida to intercept Hurricane Irma.

Some of the team’s instrument platforms, called StickNets, were damaged in the intense winds of Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane. According to research professor Brian Hirth, the 100-plus-mile-per-hour winds were the strongest ever measured by a StickNet platform since the StickNet program began a decade ago.

Now, after being repaired as quickly as possible, the StickNets may have even more intense winds to deal with. The Category 5 Hurricane Irma, now the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic with estimated 185 mph winds, is expected to make landfall in Florida as early as Sunday.

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