When it comes to hurricanes each ones impacts are a little bit different But the wind speeds that we talk about along the Saffir Simpson scale those are very specific and the damage caused in those categories [are] kind of predictable so let me show you lets start off with a category 1 storm and the damage here, not too bad a couple of shingles fall off you can have .
Some palm fronds bending in the wind but everything basically remains intact Category 2 that's where you really start to feel it look at the windows of the house They can be hit from debris from the outside and already start breaking in a category 2 your trees [are] significantly bent over in the wind and the siding of the house itself can break Flapping there in the wind adding to those eerie noises inside .
Category 3 Iv'e heard “only” a category 3 but it's not “only” anything except really bad news in a category 3 you can have the door of the house blown in because the winds get so strong you can have the roof of the house start to flap up and down in the wind because it can lift off those weak points and a lot of those trees start to fall .
Category 4 the damage is even worse, you get most trees falling, most of your windows breaking, most of your shingles fly away And then cat 5 is as high as the category scale goes by cat 5 No shingles remain anywhere nearby the holes in the roof get so big that the walls of the house start to fall because they are not attached to anything anymore .
There won't be any trees up in the neighborhood That's just catastrophic damage, but again that's just from the wind and there are other impacts from hurricanes And they all vary through the season so stick with the weather channel to keep you safe when tropics head toward your neck of the woods
During a hurricane you usually hear meteorologists refer to its intensity by categories. If you don’t know the difference between a category 1 and a category 5 hurricane, The Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Elliot breaks it down for you.