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What causes the winds of a hurricane to be so fast?

Last Updated: 2nd February, 2020

So, it is the heat and humidity from the near-ocean air and sea spray that rises high into the hurricane, lowering the surface pressure, and causing winds to blow into the center.

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In this regard, is a category 6 hurricane possible?

First of all, there is currently no Category 6 for hurricanes. We measure hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which classifies storms from weaker (Category 1) to stronger (Category 5) based on their maximum sustained wind speeds. Some storms are also more intense, reaching wind speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

Similarly, what are the highest winds ever recorded in a hurricane? Hurricane Allen, 1980 - 190 mph Allen had the highest sustained wind speeds ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere until Hurricane Patricia formed in the Pacific in 2015 with 215-mph winds.

Also Know, what causes a hurricane to strengthen?

Hurricanes start simply with the evaporation of warm seawater, which pumps water into the lower atmosphere. As long as the base of this weather system remains over warm water and its top is not sheared apart by high-altitude winds, it will strengthen and grow. More and more heat and water will be pumped into the air.

What is a Category 7 hurricane?

A fictional Category 7 hurricane at peak intensity. A Category 7 is a hypothetical rating beyond the maximum rating of Category 5. A storm of this magnitude would most likely have winds between 215 and 245 mph, with a minimum pressure between 820-845 millibars.

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