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When we’re talking about hurricanes, not all were created equally. There are 5 different categories of hurricane strength according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Not everyone is familiar with what to expect with each category of hurricane. Just so we’re all on the same page – let’s talk about what to expect when expecting.

Category 1:

A category 1 hurricane is characterized by winds of at least 74 mph lasting 60 seconds or more. Category 1 hurricanes produce dangerous winds that will cause some damage. Most structures will receive minimal amounts of damage.

Category 2:

A category 2 hurricane is characterized by winds of at least 96 mph. Category 2 hurricanes produce extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Most structures will receive damage to their roof and siding, and many trees may be uprooted.

Category 3:

A category 3 hurricane is characterized by winds of at least 111 mph. Category 3 hurricanes produce winds that will cause devastating amounts of damage. There is a high risk of injury or death to people and animals due to flying/falling debris. Most structures will receive extensive damage, some may even be destroyed. Electricity and water will likely be unavailable for days to weeks after the storm. Some recent category 3 hurricanes are: Katrina and Irma.

Category 4:

A category 4 hurricane is characterized by winds of at least 130 mph. Category 4 hurricanes will cause catastrophic damage. Most structures will receive extensive damage, and many will be completely destroyed. The risk of injury or death is very high. A category 4 hurricane will tear down many powerlines causing outages for weeks to months. Water shortages are very common as well. A recent category 4 hurricane is: Harvey.

Category 5:

A category 5 hurricane is characterized by winds of at least 157 mph. Category 5 hurricanes will cause catastrophic damage. The risk of injury and death is very high, even when indoors. Many structures will be completely destroyed. Expect long-term loss of electricity and water (weeks to months). The most recent category 5 hurricane is: Andrew.

Avoid total home destruction by maintaining the health of your home. You should be regularly checking your home and making note of any issues you find. Visit Your Local Contractor Guide to find a qualified contractor to make sure your home is ready to withstand this hurricane season.

Tata for now – this has been another installation of The Hurricane Chronicles.