Search: Site   Web
Category 5 Hurricane
Winds greater than 155 mph
Storm surge greater than 18 ft above normal.


Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Layaway escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required.
Category 4 Hurricane
Winds 131-155 mph
Storm surge 13-18 ft above normal.


More extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles (10 km).
Category 3 Hurricane
Winds 111-130 mph
Storm surge 9-12 ft above normal.


Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtain wall failures. Large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering of floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences within several blocks of the shoreline may be required.
Category 2 Hurricane
Winds 96-110 mph
Storm surge 6-8 ft above normal.


Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
Category 1 Hurricane
Winds 74-95 mph
Storm surge 4-5 ft above normal.


Minimal damage to building structures. However, unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees are still vulnerable. Signs and small structures that are weakened, or poorly constructed may experience damaged. Watch for flooding on coastal roads, and minor pier damage.
powered by
google
Search
        Search: Web    Site