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The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. There have been instances however where hurricanes have occurred outside of this period.
When the maximum sustained winds of a tropical storm reach 74 miles per hour, it is called a hurricane. These storms can be very destructive forces of nature. Be prepared.
There are five categories of hurricanes and these are described in the below table:
|Category||Sustained Winds||Description of Possible Hurricane Wind Impact|
|1||74-95 mph 64-82 kt 119-153 km/h||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed framed homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap, and shallowly rooted trees may be uprooted.|