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Info from NOAA

Potential Damage Multiplier
The following chart is useful for illustrating that the correlation between wind speed and estimated damage.  A Category 2 hurricane will not cause roughly twice as much damage as a Category 1, but ten times as much damage.

Multiplier Category
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Wind Speed Range (MPH)Potential Damage
174 - 951
Category 296 - 11010
Category 3111 - 12950
Category 4130 - 156250
Category 5> 157500


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