People who have never been through a major hurricane or typhoon often don’t realize the kind of damage that these storms do. This short video is a representation presented by a meteorologist to explain the five categories of hurricanes.
With Hurricane Dorian poised to hit the US, this is especially appropriate right now. Dorian is currently a Cat 5 storm, so pay close attention to what is said about a Cat 5 hurricane. Keep in mind, too, that a Cat 5 hurricane has wind speeds of over 157 mph, which is what he describes. Dorian currently has wind speeds of 175 mph, substantially higher than 157 mph, and it is already hitting the Bahamas.
We’ve had fewer than normal major hurricanes in the US for the past decade, but this one is extremely powerful. The devastation in the Bahamas will be profound and if it makes landfall in the US without weakening, the same will be true of the area it strikes.