Yes, the National Weather Service National Hurricane center uses the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to determine the category of the hurricane. The scale used to include factors such as barometric pressure and storm surge to classify hurricanes, but stopped because other factors such as topography and storm angle can affect the storm surge, and forecasters didn’t want to provide inaccurate predictions.
Here are the classifications for the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:
C1 – 74-95pmh
C2 – 96-110 mph
C3 – 111-130 mph
C4 – 131-155 mph
C5 – Sustained winds greater than 155 mph
These measurements are all for sustained winds.
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