STORMS are categorised using what’s known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
Different types of damage may occur depending on each storm category.
What do levels 1 to 5 mean?
Category 1 – 74-94 mph: Damage to building structures, poorly constructed signs, shrubbery, and trees while loose outdoor items become projectiles. Numerous power outages.
Category 2 – 96-110 mph:. As above plus a number of high rise building glass windows dislodged to become missile while electricity could be out for several days.
Category 3 – 111-129 mph: Devastating damage.
Category 4 – 130 -156 mph: Catastrophic destruction to roofs and walls of buildings.
Category 5 – 156 mph: Most homes flattened.
Has there even been a level 6 hurricane?
This category doesn’t exist officially, but there have been calls for this.
This would be a hurricane with winds beyond 156mph.
Some forecasters believe it is only a matter of time before a category 6 or even 7 becomes a reality as global warming makes weather more extreme.
What is the Saffir-Simpson wind scale?
This scale is used to give an estimate of the possible property damage and flooding expected along the coast when a hurricane hits land.
The combination of storm surge, wind, and other factors determine the hurricane’s total destructive power
It has five categories with Category 1 meaning a weak hurricane and to a worst case scenario of Category 5.
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