Climate change is supercharging hurricanes to such an extent that a Category 6 intensity should be added to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind scale, a new study finds. https://t.co/z3zekHL60u
— Axios (@axios) February 5, 2024
Critics of this proposed update exist, however, and argue that the damage caused by a Category 5 storm is already so extensive that there’s no need for a new categorization.
The Saffir-Simpson scale, in its current form, only measures wind speed. This is not a good indicator of a storm’s destructive potential. The classification does not take into account factors such as storm size, storm surge and the impact of flooding, even though these are often the factors that cause the worst damage.