Important Hurricane Terms

WSVN — If a storm heads our way, you’ll hear us talk about storm categories and the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Here’s what you need to know:

Category 1: storm will have winds blowing 74 to 95 miles per hour. It usually causes minimal damage.
Category 2: storm blows 96 to 110 miles per hour, causing moderate damage.
Category 3: storm causes extensive damage, with winds from 111 to 129 miles per hour.
Category 4: winds range from 130 to 156 miles per hour. These type of storms cause major damage.
Category 5: storm has winds in excess of 157 miles per hour. Category 5 storms cause catastrophic damage.

Remember, the National Hurricane Center now gives a separate forecast for storm surge, which tells us how much flooding there will be.

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