The Saffir-Simpson scale is used to rank hurricanes on a scale from 1-5. Click here to learn more about the scale.
The intensity of a landfalling hurricane is expressed in terms of categories that relate wind speeds and potential damage. According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale , a Category 1 hurricane has
Get an explanation of tropical weather terminology, including watches and warnings.
When it comes to hurricanes, wind speeds do not tell the whole story. Hurricanes produce storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all - inland flooding.
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All hurricanes are given names. Why is that? To help us identify storms and track them as they move across the ocean.