buy survival gearBuy Survival Gear   Free Survival Guide   Disaster News   Human Survival    Contact


 


The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Category One Hurricane:
Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr). Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal.
Mobile Homes are damaged and unsafe to occupy in these winds. Especially if they are not tied down. No major damage to strong structures.
 
Category Two Hurricane:
Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal.
Extensive Damage to Mobile Homes. Mobile Homes are not safe to remain in. Evacuate ahead of the storms arrival. Other structures suffer roof and window damage. Trees and other items are blown down or damaged. These winds cause extensive damage at various levels to many structures.
 
Category Three Hurricane:
Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr). Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal.
Wide spread damage to many structures. Mobile Homes are Destroyed! Low lying areas away from the coast can flood. Low lying escape routes flood and are cutoff.
 
Category Four Hurricane:
Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 km/hr). Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal.
Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive wall failures with some complete roof structure failures. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes! Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut off by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas far inland.
 
Category Five Hurricane:
Winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 km/hr). Storm surge generally greater than 18 ft above normal.

Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes! Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required. Only 3 Category Five Hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since records began

 

 

 

 

 



Ready For Anything Now is available AS IS, subject to our disclaimer and conditions of use.
You are welcome to view Ready For Anything Now for your own personal, non-commercial purposes, subject to our disclaimer and conditions of use, for free.

Copying or other use of any of the information contained on this site is strictly prohibited without written permission.
Ready For Anything, Copyright
2007 - 2010 By Charles Gibson  All Rights Reserved