Hurricanes are powerful tropical weather systems. When hurricanes move onto land, they sweep the ocean inward. Heavy winds, tornadoes, strong thunderstorms, flooding, storm surge and landslides can all be caused by hurricanes.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak season from mid-August to late October.
- Tropical Depression: winds up to 39 miles per hour (mph).
- Tropical Storm: 39 to 73 mph winds
- Category 1: 74 to 95 mph winds
- Category 2: 96 to110 mph winds
- Category 3: 111 to 130 mph winds
- Category 4: 131 to 155 mph winds.
- Category 5: winds 156 mph or greater.