It might be time to add a new hurricane category

Any way the wind blows

3D Render of Hurricane Laura in 2020
Climate change is making hurricanes more intense — and our scaling system needs to catch up
(Image credit: FrankRamspott / Getty Images)

There are stormier skies ahead and our scaling system needs to catch up. Experts warn that an extra hurricane category might become necessary to accommodate worsening storms and higher wind speeds. Adding a category could raise the public's awareness surrounding the dangers of an impending storm — but it could also backfire, if people assume they only need to take cover before the most dangerous category hits. The current hurricane categorization also does not take factors other than wind into account — so some experts claim it is already not an accurate reflection of storm severity. 

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