CNN.com Hurricane Season Fast Facts:
- The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as “an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher.”
- The peak of the season is from mid-August to late October.
- In the western Northern Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons.
- Similar storms in the Indian Ocean are called cyclones.
- Hurricanes are rated according to intensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
- The 1-5 scale estimates potential property damage.
- A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane.
- A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
- A hurricane warning indicates that tropical-storm-force winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.
National Hurricane Center – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service – Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources