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Talking Tropics: Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale

How are hurricane categories determined? It's all about the wind. There are 5 intervals of wind speed that are used to measure how bad the hurricane is, and they're on a scale called the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The scale starts with Category 1 winds from 74-95 mph, and goes all the way up to Category 5 winds above 157 mph. Winds can be a destructive force when it comes to…

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