How is the strength of tropical storms measured?

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May 20, 2018

Answer:

Tropical storms are measured using the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Explanation:

The Saffir-Simpson scale assesses storms based on wind strength and divides them subsequently into five categories.

  1. 74-95 MPH Sustained Winds
    These storms have dangerous winds that will produce some damage.
  2. 96-110 MPH Sustained Winds
    These storms have extremely dangerous winds that will cause extensive damage.
  3. 111-129 MPH Sustained Winds
    These storms can cause devastating destruction.
  4. 130-156 MPH Sustained Winds
    These storms are catastrophically dangerous and will have a crippling impact.
  5. 157 MPH or Higher Sustained Winds
    These storms will cause the destruction of a high percentage of framed homes, community infrastructure, and other structures.