The local Meteorological Service says it utilizes the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to determine the intensity of hurricanes.
That’s according to Meteorological Forecaster at the Argyle International Airport, Greggory Cato, while speaking on NBC’s Face to Face program this week.
Mr. Cato said the scale uses a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.
Mr. Cato said the scale also estimates potential for property damage and storm surges, based on the various categories.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.
This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage.
Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures. In the western North Pacific, the term “super typhoon” is used for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph.