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Hurricane season in the United States and the Caribbean runs from June 1 through November 30, peaking mid-August through late October. On average, 10 named storms occur each year, with an average of 6 becoming hurricanes and 2-3 becoming major hurricanes (category 3 or greater). To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical storm must maintain one-minute sustained winds of at least 74 mph (Category 1). Read More…
Hurricane Category Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 scale based on the sustained wind speed of a hurricane. The scale provides general public with a good indication of the intensity of the hurricane and what people can expect for property damage.
Storms start as a tropical wave or depression before developing into a tropical storm. Warm ocean waters and wind speeds will fuel a tropical storm, if wind speeds reach more than 74 miles per hour, a hurricane forms.
Hurricane Category Wind Speeds
|0-38 MPH||Tropical Depression|
|39-73 MPH||Tropical Storm|
|74-95 MPH||Dangerous winds will produce some damage|
|96-110 MPH||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage|
|111-129 MPH||Devastating damage will occur|
|130-156 MPH||Catastrophic damage will occur|
|157+ MPH||Catastrophic damage to homes; long-lasting power outages causing affected areas to be uninhabitable|
The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for assigning names to tropical storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean and reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour. Any storm that reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour qualifies as a “Hurricane”. Atlantic hurricane and tropical storm name lists repeat every six years, unless the World Meteorological Organization votes to retire a catastrophic hurricane from future lists. For example, in 2018, Sara replaced name “Sandy” from 2012.
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» Retired Hurricane Names | 1954-present
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Hurricane Weather Information & Resources
- National Hurricane Center
- AccuWeather.com Atlantic Hurricane Center
- Hurricane Central – The Weather Channel
- NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Facebook
- Official Twitter account for the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center – @NWSNHC