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Terms to Understand

Hurricane: The storm has winds of more than 73 mph.

Hurricane Watch: Hurricane force winds of more than 73 mph are possible within 36 hours.

Eye: This is the hurricane's roughly circular center area where the winds are comparatively lighter.

Tropical Storm (TS) : These generate winds of 39-73 mph. Watches and warnings also are issued for these.

Landfall: The place where the center of a storm intersects with land. Because the storm's strongest winds are not in the center, an area can be greatly affected even if the storm doesn't make landfall there.

Storm Surge: The abnormal rise in sea level accompanies a hurricane or other intense storm. This dome of water (often 50 to 100 miles wide) sweeps the coastline near where the hurricane's eye makes landfall.

Category of a Hurricane

Hurricane AnimationCategory 1:

Wind: 74 to 95 mph

Storm Surge: 4 to 5 feet

Damage: Minimal

 

Hurricane AnimationCategory 2 :

Wind: 96-110 mph

Storm Surge: 9 to 12 feet

Damage: Moderate

 

Hurricane AnimationCategory 3 :

Wind: 111 to 130 mph

Storm Surge: 9 to 12 feet

Damage:Extensive

 

Hurricane AnimationCategory 4 :

Wind: 131 to 155 mph

Storm Surge: 13 to 18 feet

Damage: Extreme

 

Hurricane AnimationCategory 5 :

Wind: 156 mph plus

Storm Surge: Higher than 18 feet

Damage: Catastrophic

 

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