Even though there is no Category 6, Dorian is threatening to shatter long-held records.
Forecasters say Dorian is now tied for 8th highest sustained winds in the Atlantic ever.
“Only one hurricane has made continental US landfall with winds this strong: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (185 mph max winds).”
Have there ever been a Category 6 hurricane?
The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. Hurricane Patricia in 2015 achieved sustained wind speed of 215 mph. By comparison, last year’s Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, had winds of 180 mph.
Has there ever been a Category 5 hurricane?
Labor Day Hurricane (1935), Hurricane Camille (1969), Hurricane Andrew (1992) and Hurricane Michael (2018) are the only Category 5 hurricanes to make a recorded landfall in the continental United States.
What wind speed is a category 6 hurricane?
The average difference between the current categories equals nearly 20 mph, so a category 6 label would likely be applied to hurricanes with sustained winds over (280 kph) 175 mph. The speed and destruction of hypothetical “category 6” storms is speculative, despite the hurricanes with winds at that level.
How bad is a Category 2 hurricane?
Category 2: Winds range from 96 to 110 mph and can be expected to produce extensive property damage. Greater wind velocities mean that debris poses a greater threat to humans and animals, while the roofing, siding, and glass windows (protected and unprotected) of frame homes are more vulnerable to damage.