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Hurricanes: How many active hurricanes right now? There are 4 active systems as of 12 Aug, 2020 0:05 GMT
There are 4 active systems as of 12 Aug, 2020 0:05 GMT
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The category of a hurricane is based on the maximum sustained wind speed. Hurricane categories are used to estimate potential property damage on a scale from 1 to 5.
  •  Category hurricanes 1   (Winds 74 to 95 mph) Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
  •  Category hurricanes 2   (Winds 96 to 110 mph) Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
  •  Category hurricanes 3   (Winds 111 to 129 mph) Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
  •  Category hurricanes 4   (Winds 130 to 156 mph) Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
  •  Category hurricanes 5   (Winds 157 mph or highe) Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


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Updated: 12 August 2020


5 of the worst hurricanes in history US

It made landfall on Sept. 8, 1900 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 145 mph. Lowest pressure was 936 mb. 8,000 people died, which was about 20 percent of Galveston’s population and 30,000 injured. $21 million in damage, the equivalent of $641 million in 2019.

Max winds recorded were 150 mph with a low pressure of 930 mb. $105 million in damage. 372 people died and 6,000 were injured.

Max winds 160 mph winds and low pressure of 929 mb. 100 million in damage. Devastation in Puerto Rico: 24,728 homes destroyed, 192,444 damaged and 500,000 people homeless.

175 mph winds and low pressure of 922 mb. Home damage: 63,000 destroyed and 124,000 damaged. $26.5 billion in damage.

It hit land as a Category 3 storm with winds reaching speeds as high as 120 miles per hour. Central pressure dropped to 902 mb, which was the lowest pressure observed in an Atlantic basin hurricane since Gilbert in 1988. 1,577 people died, with 200 of these were killed from flooding in Mississippi, and 6,000 were injured.





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Wednesday 12 August 2020