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Learning about the Different Categories of Hurricanes When looking into purchasing a home, it is important that the natural circumstances in the area are taken into consideration. There are many people that do not realize the extensive damage that can be caused when a natural disaster strikes and it is important that this is considered.

What to Look For Before purchasing a home on the coast, it is important that the buyer understands if hurricanes are likely to strike the coastal area. Understanding the damage that a hurricane can cause is extremely important and the home owner will need to consider these risks before purchasing. A large determining factor of the damage that a hurricane does is the category that the hurricane is. There are 5 different categories of wind strength and these categories are outlined by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale and this scale has been used for many years.

The Five Categories of Hurricanes Each category hurricane will deliver a different type of hurricane damage to the area that it touches. Understanding what type of hurricane is blowing towards a home will ensure that the home owner can prepare their home to prevent as much damage as possible. First, a category one hurricane is classified by the wind speeds ranging from 74 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour. The category one hurricanes will often not cause damage directly to permanent homes, but debris in the air may cause damage to a home if it collides with the home. Mobile homes can be damaged by category one hurricanes and trees may be uprooted as well. Power outages may occur because of a category one hurricane and it is important that the proper preparations are made to ensure that everyone in the household is going to be safe.


A category two hurricane is categorized as having winds between 96 and 110 miles per hour. Roofs, windows and doors are often damaged by the category two hurricanes and blackouts are often the result of power poles snapping because of the strong winds. A category three hurricane will have winds between 111 and 130 miles per hour. Blackouts may cover large areas and detached garages or mobile homes can be completely destroyed by the strong winds that sweep through the area. Category 4 hurricanes have winds between 131 and 155 miles per hour. These hurricanes can take out homes, buildings and the extreme damage and destruction while trees are snapped and uprooted. A category five hurricane will display winds of more than 155 miles per hour. These hurricanes will cause devastation for almost anything that comes in their path and it can take years for communities to recover after they are touched by a category 5 hurricane. Purchasing a home that is often in the path of hurricanes is a risk that a home buyer must be willing to take. Understanding the history of the area concerning hurricanes and the damage that the city has to take is important before purchasing a home. If an individual does purchase a home in an area where there are hurricanes, he or she should know how to protect the home. Preparing and protecting against hurricane damage will be very important.

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Learning About the Different Categories of Hurricanes