Hurricanes: Categories and Effects


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The storm named Gavin by the Weather Channel hits the coast of Louisiana with a top sustained wind speed of 65 miles per hour. It rapidly declines in speed throughout the day, leaving mostly heavy rain and damaged power lines in its path. How would this storm be most accurately described in later reporting?

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1. Which category of hurricane is the most powerful and capable of doing the most damage?

2. What is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale used to do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A hurricane is not just a general name that refers to any severe rainstorm. A hurricane has specific characteristics and can be categorized in regard to that severity. This quiz and worksheet combo will help you to quickly assess your understanding of the nature of hurricanes and the potential threats they present.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested over your grasp of the following:

  • Minimum wind speed for a hurricane to be classified as such
  • Most powerful hurricane category
  • Name of the scale used to categorize hurricanes
  • Possible effect(s) of a hurricane that makes landfall
  • Definition of a storm surge

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the nature of hurricanes
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the categories of hurricanes and their effects
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the difference between the different hurricane categories
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding hurricanes

Additional Learning

Interested in learning further about the nature of hurricanes? Then read or watch the accompanying lesson titled Hurricanes: Categories and Effects. The lesson deals with the following topics:

  • The basic definition of a hurricane
  • Categories of hurricanes and the criterion for each category
  • Difference in Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons
  • Storm surges
  • Distinction between a tornado and a hurricane