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First things first, hurricane categories come from the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which has been in use since 1971. It kicks off with category 1, but don’t let the low number fool you; a category 1 hurricane comes with damage and destruction too. While a category 1 hurricane is the least severe of storms, you’ll likely find yourself battling strong winds ranging anywhere from 74 to 95 mph. Minor damages to your home, like roof shingles flying off and or tree branches falling off, may occur. There will likely be power outages of a day or more due to power lines and poles toppling over. Live in a hurricane-prone area? Do these 11 things ASAP to prep your home.
Category 2Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, a category 2 hurricane means very dangerous and strong winds, from 96 to 110 mph, that will cause extensive damage. “Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damages,” they report. Mobile homes, shopping centers, and apartments often are more damaged in a category 2. You’ll also see shallowly rooted trees being ripped out of the ground. Almost total power outages are likely to occur that may last several days to even a few weeks.