One-minute maximum sustained wind speeds for a category 5 hurricane:
Below you can learn more about a category 5 hurricane, view a list of past category 5 hurricanes and photos.
A category 5 hurricane is the highest strength hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and will cause very catastrophic damage with the potential for huge losses of life. An area hit by a hurricane of this strength can have extended periods of power outages and lack other utilities for many months. Very few structures that are within 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 kilometers) of the costal line will survive intact.
Below is a list of category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic since 1990 to 2018:
Below are satellite images of six category 5 hurricanes.