Category 3 through Category 5 hurricanes have wind speeds between 111 mph to 155 mph+. Category 5 hurricanes are the highest category and most severe on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Here are some of the common ensuing types of damages resulting from Category 3-5 hurricanes:
- Buildings will be heavily damaged or destroyed
- Mobile homes and frame homes are in the most danger of being demolished
- Major damage to roofs, windows, and doors
- Roof failure is common in both residential and commercial buildings
- Glass has a high likelihood of shattering
- Major damage to lower floors of properties that are within 1,500 ft. of the shore and also less than 15 ft. above sea level¹
- Area will become uninhabitable
- Erosion of beaches
- Coastal evacuation routes may be submerged under water
- Trees and shrubs will be uprooted and blown over
- Signage will be destroyed
- Water shortages
- Power lines knocked over
- Outages could last weeks or even months
For additional information, visit:
- "5 Tropical Storm and Hurricane Preparedness Tips"
- "9 Quick Tips for Individual Preparedness"
- "Keep Your Family and Property Safe in a Disaster Situation by Following These Steps!"