Not all hurricanes are created equal
As hurricanes Igor, Julia, and Karl continue to spin away in the tropical Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, the view from outer space (shown in the satellite imagery above) reveals their stunning size differences.
Of the three storms -- none of which will impact the U.S. -- Igor is by far the biggest. Its hurricane force winds extend 105 miles from the center with tropical storm force winds reaching out 290 miles. Bermuda will have a very difficult time escaping the impacts of this massive category 3 storm given its projected track.
Julia is a dwarf by comparison, with hurricane and tropical storm force winds extending 35 and 115 miles, respectively, from the center. About three Julias could fit inside Igor. This category 1 intensity storm is not expected to impact any land areas.
The midget of the bunch, Karl, has hurricane force winds out to just 25 miles from the center, with tropical force winds up to 90 miles away. Despite its size challenges, Karl is just as intense as Igor -- packing 120 mph sustained winds. The center of this category 3 storm is currently coming ashore the coast of Mexico near Veracruz.
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