Hurricane Hugo

The Deadly Hurricane of 1989

The Naming History of Hurricanes

In 1950 to 1952, tropical storms, also known as hurricanes, were named in the order of the alphabet. In 1953 the US Weather Bureau decided to use female names instead of naming hurricanes alphabetically. Eventually the public began to notice the change in the hurricane's naming system. Some men and women became outraged at this change because male names were being excluded. In 1979, it was decided that male names should be included in the list of hurricane names; then male names finally got their share of the hurricane's naming rights.

The Hurricane's Categories

A hurricane can have very intense winds and/or wind speeds. To make it easier to keep track of the wind speeds a hurricane has to offer, categories were used. If you hear about a hurricane that is a category 1 hurricane, that means that there is a hurricane that has wind speeds up to 74-95 miles per hour. The categories are numbered from 1-5 so lets move on to a category 2 hurricane. A category 2 hurricane is the 4th worst category out of the 5, the category 2 hurricane has wind speeds up to 96-110 miles per hour. A category 3 hurricane has wind speeds up to 111-129 miles per hour, not to mention it is the 3rd worst category out of the 5. A category 4 hurricane has wind speeds up to 130-156 miles per hour, also it is the 2nd worst category there is. Last of all, a category 5 hurricane, the deadliest and most destructive type of hurricane of them all, has wind speeds up to 157 miles per hour and/or higher. Talk about fast!

Hurricane Hugo

This paragraph will tell you about the existence of Hurricane Hugo, September 1989. Hurricane Hugo had formed on September 9, 1989. Hurricane Hugo had made landfall 13 days later. At the time, Hurricane Hugo was registered as a category 4 hurricane. The highest wind speed for Hurricane Hugo was 120 mph.; this information was reported at Sampit River, South Carolina. Hurricane Hugo had been the top two categories for a hurricane. Hurricane Hugo had been a category 4 and also a category 5.

Final Body

So we have went over the fact that Hurricane Hugo had caused a mass amount of damage, and that it had been registered as 2 different categories. But what about the other hurricanes that exist in planet Earth? All hurricanes, no matter what category, can cause a fatal amount of damage. All hurricanes can kill you, harm you, cause damage to your home, your friends, and cause damage to your environment. A hurricane can and will demolish just about everything it can come in contact with!

Researched and Typed By, Alyssa Myers