A Picture of a Category 5 Hurricane

Category 5 Hurricane

One-minute maximum sustained wind speeds for a category 5 hurricane:

  • Miles per hour (mph): 157 or greater.
  • Kilometers per hour (km/h): 252 or greater.
  • Knots: 137 or greater.
  • Meters per second (m/s): 70 or greater.

Below you can learn more about a category 5 hurricane, view a list of past category 5 hurricanes and photos.


About Category 5 Hurricanes

A category 5 hurricane is the highest rated 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.


List of Past Category 5 Hurricanes

Below is a list of category 5 hurricanes in the Atlantic since 1990 to 2018:

  1. Hurricane Michael - 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  2. Hurricane Maria - 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  3. Hurricane Irma - 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  4. Hurricane Matthew - 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  5. Hurricane Felix - 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  6. Hurricane Dean - 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  7. Hurricane Wilma - 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  8. Hurricane Rita - 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  9. Hurricane Katrina - 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  10. Hurricane Emily - 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  11. Hurricane Ivan - 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  12. Hurricane Isabel - 2003 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  13. Hurricane Mitch - 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season
  14. Hurricane Andrew - 1992 Atlantic Hurricane Season