Weather Tidbits: Saffir-Simpson Scale

This Weather Tidbits focuses on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The scale is based on wind speed and broken down into 5 categories.  A major hurricane is classified once the storm becomes a Category 3.

Category 1  Minimal Damage 74-95 mph

Category 2 Moderate Damage 96-110 mph

Category 3 Extensive Damage 111-129 mph

Category 4 Extreme Damage 130-156 mph

Category 5 Catastrophic Damage 157+ mph

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