Does how fast the winds are blowing determine the category of the hurricane?



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    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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