Intense storms, such as tropical storms and hurricanes, may be severe and unexpected, carrying a devastating punch when they pass near cities. Meteorologists can better forecast weather patterns and routes because of weather radar and other technology, yet they can still appear out of nowhere.
If a storm does not generate local headlines or live up to the media’s hype, critical information and statistics may be forgotten. Here are four facts about hurricanes to help you better comprehend and prepare for future storms.
Hurricanes that Aren’t Category 5 Can Wreak Significant Damage
Despite the fact that Storm Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane when it first struck the Texas coast, Harvey and Katrina (a Category 5 Hurricane) are tied for the costliest hurricane in US history, with $125 billion in damages each.
Other Natural Catastrophes Can Be Brought On by Hurricanes
Hurricanes are known to cause flooding, tornadoes, and storm surges, all of which pose risks. While we’ve all seen photographs of tornado damage, storm surges are often a greater threat. Storm surges are frequently regarded as the most dangerous threat to life and property posed by a hurricane, causing more damage than the winds themselves. A storm surge is a rise of water that exceeds the projected astronomical tides, causing catastrophic flooding. Just an inch of floodwater in your property can cost you $7,800 in damages.
Florida Has Been Hit by 114 Hurricanes Since 1851
Hurricanes have impacted the United States 281 times in total. Florida had the most hurricanes, with 114, followed by Texas with 63, and Louisiana with 54.
High Winds Are the Major Source of Structural Damage
The Saffir-Simpson wind scale, often known as the hurricane category scale, assesses probable property damage based on a storm’s sustained wind speed.
- A Category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74 to 95 miles per hour.
- A Category 2 storm has sustained winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour.
- A Category 3 storm will have sustained wind speeds ranging from 111 to 129 miles per hour.
Major hurricanes have wind speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. A hurricane is classified as a Category 4 when wind speeds range between 130 and 156 mph, and a Category 5 when wind speeds exceed 157 mph.
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