Home Damage by Hurricane Category Strength

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All hurricanes are a concern for our homes, however, the greater the strength of the hurricane the more significant the damage might be. Here is what might happen to your home based on hurricane strength category:

Category 1 (74-95 mph) – Minimal damage:  Damage is primarily to trees, unanchored manufactured (mobile) homes, no major damage to most structures.

Category 2 (96-110 mph) – Moderate damage:  Trees may fall, some roof coverings may be damaged, and likely major damage to manufactured (mobile) homes.

home moved off its foundation due to a storm

Category 3 (111-129 mph) – Extensive damage:  Large trees are toppled; structural damage to roofs and small homes; manufactured (mobile homes) are destroyed.

Category 4 (130-156 mph) – Extreme damage:  Extensive damage is done to roofs, windows, and doors; roof systems on small buildings may completely fail.

Category 5 (157+) – Catastrophic damage:  Roof damage is considerable and widespread; window and door damage is severe; extensive glass failures; some compete buildings will fail.

Want to know more? Watch this video from the Weather Channel.

Source:  Rebuild Health Homes, HUD, 2015