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What Would a Category 6 Hurricane Look Like? Experts Debate Expanding Storm Wind Scale

3 weeks ago
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As ocean waters continue warming due to climate change and a growing hurricane wind field, hurricane experts are debating adjustments to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to account for increasingly stronger storms.

However, this debate have many people wondering: what would a Category 6 hurricane look like?

What is the Current Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale?

The current scale classifies Category 5 hurricanes as having sustained winds over 157 mph, with lower categories descending at set wind speed thresholds.

Researchers have introduced a potential Category 6 designation, signifying winds exceeding 193 mph, to highlight escalating risks from supersized hurricanes enabled by global temperature rise.

Examining the scale's efficacy, the authors found messaging around hurricane hazards often inadequate, especially for vulnerable communities. Some Category 3 storms have proven extremely deadly, while certain Category 5 cyclones weakened substantially prior to landfall.


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