HazardHub Hurricane Risk

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HazardHub Hurricane Risk

When winds in a tropical cyclone equal or exceed 64 knots (74 mph, 33 m/s) it is called a hurricane (in the Atlantic and eastern and central Pacific Oceans). Hurricanes are further designated by categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricanes in categories 3, 4, 5 are known as Major Hurricanes or Intense Hurricanes. 1

Although infrequent, hurricanes are the most destructive of storms over larger areas. During the period 2006-2015, hurricanes accounted for estimated $128 billion in losses, second only to severe thunderstorms (HazardHub Damaging Winds Risk File) at $180 billion in estimated losses. 2 Table 1 below shows the top 10 hurricanes in the United States since 1900 in terms of insured losses. 3


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