The Beaufort Scale was named after Sir Francis Beaufort ( a hydrographer with the Royal Navy ) and lists the effects of increasing wind speeds.
The scale was initially designed to show the effects of the wind on a battleship at sea.
When is a hurricane warning issued?
Hurricane warnings are issued when winds reach 12 on the Beaufort scale, but this would only be a category 1 hurricane.
Hurricanes are measured on the Saffir-Simpson scale based on their wind speed.
The scale helps estimate the possible damage a hurricane may cause.
Hurricanes start over tropical oceans as tropical cyclones (intense, rotating storms ) when they reach 74 miles per hour; they are categorised as hurricanes or typhoons in the Northwest Pacific.
Hurricane Katrina was a category 5 hurricane at its peak, with storm surges over 6m high! Over 1 million people lost their homes, and more than 1000 died.
New Orleans suffered the worst flooding, but the hurricane caused damage in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
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Last Updated on December 29, 2022 by Emma Vanstone