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By the time you read this, Hurricane Irma will be here.  One way or another, we will feel the effects of Irma, whether it be a direct hit or a glancing blow; we will feel Irma.

And we all thought that Hurricane Harvey was bad for the Gulf Coast.  It was ONLY a catagory 4.  Irma surpassed the catagory 5 criteria and exceeded it; so much so that they don't register anything beyond that.

Here's the criteria for setting a Hurricanes catagory:

Category

Sustained Winds

Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds

1

74-95 mph
64-82 kt
119-153 km/h

Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.

2

96-110 mph
83-95 kt
154-177 km/h

Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

3
(major)

111-129 mph
96-112 kt
178-208 km/h

Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

4
(major)

130-156 mph
113-136 kt
209-251 km/h

Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

5
(major)

157 mph or higher
137 kt or higher
252 km/h or higher

Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


Note that catagory 5 (a major, catastrophic hurricane) starts at 157 MPH. (And before that, the catagories changed at about every 15-20 MPH).  So Catagory 6 (if there was such a thing) would be somewhere around 172-177 or higher.  Oops!  Hurricane Irma was measured at 185 miles per hour (MPH).  Shouldn't Irma be classified as a catagory 6 or 7?  


September 10, 2017
"Two Sparrows in a Hurricane" is a song written by Mark Alan Springer and recorded by American country music artist Tanya Tucker. It was released in September 1992 as the first single from the album Can't Run from Yourself. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Hey, this is the only song I had with the word "Hurricane" in it.

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