Why Do We Use Hurricane Categories and What Do They Mean?

September 8, 2017

The Western Hemisphere is coping with one historic natural disaster after the next. As Hurricane Irma makes its way toward the United States, Mexico is picking up the pieces after the strongest earthquake to hit the country in a century made headlines this morning. Popular Science's Kendra Pierre-Louis puts this extraordinary time in perspective, and gives a helpful rundown of what hurricane categories actually mean.