Landfalling hurricanes are a big deal but “major” hurricanes are in a class by themselves. The strength of hurricanes are based on sustained wind speed and include categories from 1 to 5 according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
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. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures.
Hurricane Irma looks to impact Florida as a “major” hurricane and as you would imagine, as the sustained winds increase, so do the impacts from the storm.
Here are some of the impacts from major hurricanes category 3, 4 and 5.
Meteorologist Mike Morrison