Hurricane Resources 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.

Helpful Links:

2017 Hurricane Seasonal Preparedness Digital Toolkit

National Hurricane Center – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Weather Service – Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources