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Measuring hurricane strength: The Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale

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"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," according to the National Hurricane Center.

Category 1: Minimal Damage. Winds 74-95 mph.

Category 2: Moderate Damage. Winds 96-110 mph.

Category 3: Extensive Damage. Winds 111-129 mph.

Category 4: Extreme Damage. Winds 130-156 mph.

Category 5: Catastrophic Damage. Winds greater than 157 mph.

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