What is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale?

Hurricane Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane wind scale divides hurricanes into categories based on wind speed. Hurricanes can move between categories as their wind speeds fluctuate.

Wind is not the only cause of damage hurricanes cause. Storm surge and flooding are also a risk.

Category 1 Hurricanes

A Category 1 hurricane features wind speeds between 74 and 95 miles per hour and can cause significant damage to siding and roofs. This type of hurricane can cause roofing damage as well as damage to vinyl siding, gutters and shallow rooted trees.

Category 2 Hurricanes

Wind speeds in a Category 2 hurricane are between 96 and 110 miles per hour. This type of hurricane can do extensive damage.

Category 3 Hurricanes

A Category 3 hurricane features sustained winds ranging between 111 and 129 miles per hour. In some cases, winds this strong can completely remove roof decking and gable ends.

Category 4 Hurricanes

In a category 4 hurricane, wind speeds range between 130 and 156 miles per hour. These types of hurricanes can cause extensive damage to any structure.

Category 5 Hurricanes

Category 5 hurricanes are the most severe storms, with winds over 157 miles per hour.


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