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WATCH: Hurricane chaser braves wrath of Irma to measure peak gusts

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A video showing a man from Florida bracing Hurricane Irma to take a measurements of the peak gusts on Sunday has gone viral.

The video shows the man getting out of a car holding a measurement device to take note the peak gusts of winds as it pushes him back.

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, howled past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands with tree-snapping winds, drenching rains and pounding surf on a collision course with Florida.