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The severity and intensity of a hurricane determines how it is classified. The Saffir-Simpson Scale rates hurricane strength in categories based upon the potential damage a hurricane may cause.
Category 1: Minimal damage, wind speeds from 74 to 95 mph.
Category 2: Moderate damage, wind speeds from 96 to 110 mph.
Category 3: Extensive damage, wind speeds from 111 to 130 mph.
Category 4: Extreme damage, wind speeds from 131 to 155 mph.
Category 5: Catastrophic damage, wind speeds above 155 mph.